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A Few Of The 40K Earmarks In $1.3T Bill

From Senator John McCain’s Press Office:


December 14, 2010

“Mr. President, at 12:15 p.m. this afternoon, my office received a copy of the omnibus appropriations bill.  It is 1,924 pages long and contains the funding for all 12 of the annual appropriations bills for a grand total of over $1.1 Trillion. It is important to note that the 1,924 pages is only the legislative language and does not include the thousands of pages of report language which contain the details of the billions of dollars in earmarks and, I’m sure, countless policy riders.

“While we continue to uncover which earmarks the appropriators decided to fund – thanks to a new online database – we at least know what earmarks were requested by Members and how much those projects would cost the American people if they were all funded.  Taxpayers against Earmarks, www.washingtonwatch.com and Taxpayers for Common Sense joined forces to create this database.  According to the data they compiled – for fiscal year 2011 Members requested over 39,000 earmarks totaling over $130 billion.

Which, in a $1.3 trillion dollar bill, is ten percent. That must be their standard take.

Absolutely disgraceful.  I encourage every American to go to the website www.endingspending.com study it, and make yourselves aware of how your elected officials seek to spend your money.

In the short time I’ve had to review this massive piece of legislation – I’ve identified approximately 6,488 earmarks totaling nearly $8.3 billion.  Here is a small sample

$277,000 for potato pest management in Wisconsin

$246,000 for bovine tuberculosis in Michigan and Minnesota

$522,000 for cranberry and blueberry disease and breeding in New Jersey

$500,000 for oyster safety in Florida

$349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina

$413,000 for peanut research in Alabama

$247,000 for virus free wine grapes in Washington

$208,000 beaver management in North Carolina

$94,000 for blackbird management in Louisiana

$165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont

$235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada

$100,000 for the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage Visitor’s Center in New York

$300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii

$400,000 for solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas

“Additionally, the bill earmarks $727,000 to compensate ranchers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan whenever endangered wolves eat their cattle.  As my colleagues know, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Gray Wolf program is under intense scrutiny for wasting millions of taxpayer dollars every year to ‘recover’ endangered wolves that are now overpopulating the West and Midwest.   My State of Arizona has a similar wolf program but ranchers in my state aren’t getting $727,000 in this bill.

“Mr. President, I will have much more to say about this bill later this week.  I assure my colleagues – we will spend a great deal of time talking about this bill and the outrageous number of earmarks it contains.  But for now let me just say this: it is December 14th – we are 22 days away from the beginning of a new Congress and nearly three full months into fiscal year 2011 – and yet we have not debated a single spending bill or considered any amendments to cut costs or get our debt under control.  Furthermore, the majority decided that they just didn’t feel like doing a budget this year.  How is that responsible leadership?

“Let me be clear about one thing – if the Majority Leader insists on proceeding to this monstrosity – the American people will know what’s in it.  I will be joined by many of my colleagues on this side of the aisle to ensure that every single word of this bill is read aloud here on the Senate floor.

“I encourage my friends on the other side of the aisle to rethink their strategy and move forward with a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government into next year when a new Congress takes over – a Congress that was elected by the American people on November 2nd.  “The majority may be able to strong arm enough members into voting for this omnibus – but they will not win in the end.  The American people will remember – and I predict that we will see a repeat of November 2nd in the very near future.”

To which we can add this nugget unearthed by the Boston Globe:

$1.3 trillion spending bill includes earmark for Kennedy institute

By Matt Viser, Globe Staff
December 14, 2010

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats today released a $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes a host of earmark projects, including $8 million that would go toward the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

It was submitted by Representative Edward J. Markey, a Malden Democrat, and Senator John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat.

It would help fund an institute named for the late senator that is scheduled to open in Boston, next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Of course this is just one of the 40,000 earmarks that this mother of all pork bills has tucked away in its bowels.

But as the poet said, ‘get it while you can.’ Your days are numbered.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “A Few Of The 40K Earmarks In $1.3T Bill”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    When, exactly, did dear John grow a testicle? I mean, it’s nice to see (uh, figuratively speaking, of course) but why now? Or should that be a rhetorical question?

  2. TerryAnne says:

    Guess who’s making an early move for the 2012 elections?

    Thanks, John, for bringing the earmarks to everyone’s attention, but give your dreams of ascending to the Presidency a rest already.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    I am glad, even if it John McShamesty doing it – And I will applaud any Senator – no matter what side (or like Bernie Sanders marathon filibuster – standing directly on the yellow line down the middle) – who holds up and/or stops that bs – notice how no one is talking about the Obamacare funding installed into this mess – I wonder why?

    Oh yes – with no Budget approved (required by law) – this 83% disapproval rated Least Ethical Congress ever – is attempting to defraud the American people and get their unpopular Obamacare (69% by a WaPo poll – this week) legislation funded – as they get sent packing.

    It is time to throw the bums out – permanently – Impeach, Recall, Repeal. Cut spending across the board – and then cut taxes to a flat <20% rate for everyone. Every piece of regulatory and spending legislation must have an automatic sunset. Term Limits across the board (notice how these scum limit a President but refuse to limit themselves, set the POTUS income but continue to vote their own bennies, retirement, healthcare and pay raises every single Congressional session) for every single political office. And oh yes, set all Political Offices pay to no more than 40% of current civilian pay. 2 two-week Congressional sessions – go back to your home region and get a damn job.

    In the meantime – I hope that they rot in hell along with the radical extremists who happen to be islamic.

  4. U NO HOO says:

    “$246,000 for bovine tuberculosis in Michigan and Minnesota”

    I’d contribute $246,000 against bovine tuberculosis…anywhere

  5. untrainable says:

    $500,000 for oyster safety in Florida.
    There’s money well spent. Oyster insurance. Safety? Safety from what exactly? Armed shrimp? Militant otters?
    $413,000 for peanut research in Alabama
    Money for nuts to study nuts. Great.
    $94,000 for blackbird management in Louisiana
    That’s a lot of shotgun shells. What about the poor displaced and murdered blackbirds? They just want to make a life for themselves and their children here in America. Where is the love… man? We should give them free healthcare.
    $300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii
    You’ve got to be kidding me. “Voyaging Society”??? What the hell is that? Shouldn’t something that considers itself a “society” be able to fund itself?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Oyster safety is important. Why, just last year there were 7,000 reported incidents of oysters going to the emergency room with “swimming related injuries”. We feel that more education, plus having the rules in public places placed in prominent locations as well as having the appropriate safety equipment readily available is paramount. A safe oyster is a happy oyster.

  6. BigOil says:

    $349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina

    We’d need 10 times that amount of money for swine waste management in DC.

    By the way, this is the same Maverick Senator that was railing against earmarks in the tax deal two days ago, right before he voted for the Bill.

  7. wardmama4 says:

    I just heard that the House version has slipped in the Senate version (S510) of Food Safety Modernization (that never made it out of committee in the House) – snuck into this mess. Talk about ethics – typical Democrat politicians – can’t get it passed by a real, debated vote – sneak it behind the backs of We The People and force a vote at 1AM on a Friday night – so that no one will notice it until it’s ‘law’. I still stick by my may they rot in hell.

    btw, 99% of the earmarks are from Democrats.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      To say nothing of the fact that all spending and taxation bills MUST originate in the house of representatives (congress) as per the constitution. http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#A1Sec7

      So, how is it that it first passes in the senate…and then moves on to congress? How skewed is that? Who’s writing this sh__?

      I guess it’s “do whatever you want” time in the government. After all, those who are charged with making sure due process is followed (the law) aren’t even watching and don’t care anyhow. That is, in spite of their own ineptitude. This has all been a very strange journey and the criminals are really exposed.

  8. spudmom says:

    This reminds me of when the Clintons left the White House and stripped it of anything of value they could get their greedy little hands on.

  9. proreason says:

    Congress to the people – FU, rubes.

  10. canary says:

    I recall the outrageous plan to go to the Kennedy Institute and I say let the dead bury the dead. And let the Kennedy fortune practice what they preach and donate any improvements. They can deduct and loophole it from their taxes.
    I’m still trying to recall the money going to the arts. My town is having difficulties finding record keeping.
    It’s just an Enron party in this country.

  11. Mithrandir says:

    Military dictatorship is about the only hope there is of restoring the Constitution, and resetting America back to its founding principles.

    However, can you name any military dictatorships you would like to live under? Generalisimo Franco? Oliver Cromwell? Idi Amin? Or any of the other fascist dictators in history?

    The “best” choice from a list of horrible choices would be to sit back and watch the barbarian hordes attack and disintegrate the federal government……like what happened in Rome in 476. (this is why the 2nd Amendment is so important–duh!)

    *McCain’s speech shows why socialism doesn’t work: the money goes in the top slot of the piggy-bank, and the ruling class unscrews the bottom, and spreads the coins to their loyal voting blocks.

    • Petronius says:

      “Military dictatorship is about the only hope….”

      Funny but I was having almost exactly the same chain of thoughts last night.

      With this 2,000 page, $1.1T abomination, chock full of earmarks, frivolous spending, and funding for Obamacare, it appears that the American government may be irretrievably broken. It is as if the Tea Party and the November election never happened.

      But I do not see our position as that of Rome in 476, but perhaps closer to that of Rome in 235 AD.

      One of the last good Roman emperors was young Severus Alexander, who, along with his mother and team of advisors, was murdered by his soldiers at Mainz in 235 AD. Unfortunately Severus was not forceful enough to impose his authority upon the military, and he came to be held in contempt by his legions. He was seen as a weakling, who had bungled a war against the Persians, and when he insisted upon negotiating and bribing the Germans, well, that was simply the last straw. The soldiers saw that as dishonorable, unsoldierly, and mollycoddling an enemy. So in 235 they killed him and replaced him with their commander, Maximinus Thrax.

      Maximinus the Thracian was a low-born, crude, and ruthless brute of tremendous size and savage appearance. He was the first of the barracks emperors, a series of 14 army commanders, mostly low-class foreigners, who had nothing to recommend themselves except naked military force. The barracks emperors reigned for 33 years, an average reign of slightly more than 2 years each. Maximinus hated the Roman nobility and upper classes for the slights and humiliations that he had endured in his youth, and he began his reign by slaughtering all of the people who had knowledge of his unsavory past, even those who had befriended him and helped him in his rise to power. Maximinus imposed harsh taxes, enforced with violence. He persecuted the Christians with great ruthlessness. He was killed by his own troops in 238 while marching on Rome to suppress a Senate revolt.

      The rule of Maximinus marked the beginning of the Crisis of the Third Century, which was characterized by conditions much like those of today –– economic collapse, debasement of the coinage, endless internal infighting and civil wars, and intrusions by external enemies and mass migrations.

    • Mithrandir says:

      *With Obamacare, the nanny-state has the force of law, and the IRS to force you into whatever “good-for-you” measures they come up with.

      *They spend money on their voting blocks, and not for the good of the whole.

      *Sworn to uphold the Constitution, but if they don’t….there is no penalty.

      *If they can’t raise takes for what they want, they just borrow an extra trillion or 2, which is a tax increase anyway.

      *Pass bills no one reads.

      *Threaten to pass bills by “deeming” them passed without a vote.

      This seems to be the last chapters of the Rise & Fall of America. Maybe the border should be left unsecured, so we can all bug-out of here when the cancer has spread to lethal levels.

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