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March 29, 2007

Dems Using Troops as 'Bargaining Chip' for Pork

Your Democratic Congress at Work
from Hugh Hewitt blog- at Townhall

You might think a supplemental funding bill whose express purpose is to support our troops in a war zone would be a serious matter. If you think that way, you’ve obviously mistaken our Democrat-run Senate as a serious institution. Below is a list of additional expenditures, or, you might say, winners of the pork lottery that the Democrats included in the supplemental funding bill:

1) $24 million for funding for sugar beets. Good thing - I love sugar beets!

2) $3 million for funding for sugar cane (goes to one Hawaiian co-op). But I love sugar even more. Especially sugar that comes from Hawaii!

3) $20 million for insect infestation damage reimbursements in Nevada, Idaho, and Utah. Damn insects. Kill them all.

4) $2.1 billion for crop production losses. Remember, this is a bill to support the troops.

5) $1.5 billion for livestock production losses. That’s a lot of livestock.

6) $100 million for Dairy Production Losses. Is there any industry in America that’s losing money that this bill doesn’t offer a handout to?

7) $13 million for Ewe Lamb Replacement and Retention Program. The problem with ewes is you feed them, you train them, you love them, and when they finally become useful they take a better paying job. Ewes are fickle beasts who show not an ounce of loyalty. Even $13 million to replace and retain them won’t do any good.

8) $32 million for Livestock Indemnity Program. Good to have in case your chicken pecks out the neighbor’s kid’s eye. Gotta have indemnity for your livestock. Much more important than funding the troops.

9) $40 million for the Tree Assistance Program. Aaah, trees – the cathedrals of nature. I bet this one was John Kerry’s idea.

10) Provision that extends the availability by a year $3.5 million in funding for guided tours of the Capitol. Also a provision allows transfer of funds from holiday ornament sales in the Senate gift shop. If I understand this one correctly, most of the $3.5 million actually goes to stocking Ted Kennedy’s Capitol mini-bar.

11) 165.9 million for fisheries disaster relief, funded through NOAA (including $60.4 million for salmon fisheries in the Klamath Basin region). Finally, the overlooked Klamath basin gets the attention it deserves.

12) $25 million for asbestos abatement at the Capitol Power Plant. On this one, we got off easy. The contemplated asbestos abatement on Ted Kennedy’s liver would have cost an additional $6 million.

13) $22.8 million for geothermal research and development. Someday, God willing, this research will pave the way for curing the earth’s fever.

Believe me, there are many, many others. This is only a partial list. And, I regret to say, not one of the items above is made-up or a joke.

Wild Thing's comment........

This is from Townhall and Posted by Dean Barnett, I think he did a good job with it.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 29, 2007 01:47 AM


Wasn't there a Congressional pay raise wedged in there too?

Blackfive has a post that elicits the comments of the military about this matter. It overwhelmingly condemns what congress is doing, and it's their lives the Democrats are jeapordizing. My disgust for all 535 of the gutless fawning members is overwhelming.

Posted by: Jack at March 29, 2007 11:00 AM

This is nothing new. Bills that Congress votes on are so loaded with add-ons and riders, that their labeled purpose often becomes secondary to the pork snuck in. Term limits would help alleviate this, but term limits will not even be discussed again on the Hill.

Posted by: TomR at March 29, 2007 02:03 PM

Jack thank you so much for the link. Those are such great comments from our troops. I am so honored to read them.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 30, 2007 12:04 AM

Tom, every since you mentioned Term Limits I must think about it every day. That truly is a huge answer to a lot of this. They do not remember we the people and they just lie and lie that this is what we all want when it is not.

Thank you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 30, 2007 12:07 AM

Let's not forget that some Repubs voted for this as well. The Dems do have a frustrating pattern in their overall history, but that shouldn't damn all Dems, just like all Repubs don't deserve praise.

Posted by: Keith at April 4, 2007 12:15 AM

Keith, I have treated Rhino's the same as I treat Dems on here. Both are the enemy within.

I do damn all Dems, they can show me I am wrong by changing, so until then yes, I damn all Dems.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 4, 2007 12:47 AM