Democrats give the finger to voters who repudiated their agenda in the November elections.
One the heels of a $900 billion dollar pork stuffed stimulus bill, sold as a tax compromise, Dems give the voters a final slap in the face by dropping this 2000 page monstrosity on the floor with only 3 days to review it before bringing it up for a vote. This is the exact tactic they used last December to cram the 2000+ page health insurance industry takeover down the throats of the American people.
Here are a few porky highlights founding in this massive spending bill.
The $1.2 trillion bill, released on Tuesday, includes more than 6,000 earmarks totaling $8 billion, an amount that many lawmakers decried as an irresponsible binge following a midterm election in which many voters demanded that the government cut spending. link
$247,000 – Virus free grapes in Washington State
$413,000 – Peanut research in Alabama
$125,000 – Fishery equipment for the Guam Fisherman’s Cooperative Association
$349,000 – Swine waste management in North Carolina
$277,000 – Potato pest management in wisconsin
$246,000 – Bovine tuberculosis treatment in Michigan and Minnesota
$522,000 – Cranberry and blueberry disease and breeding in New Jersey
$500,000 – Oyster safety in Florida
$400,000 – Solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas
$165,000 – Maple syrup research in Vermont link
There have been estimates of between 6000-10000 of these types of wasteful earmarks included in this bill.
The politicians who support and vote for this bill need to be held accountable in the next election. It will take several cycles of elections to rid ourselves of those politicians who think they can waste OUR money in such a cavalier manner.
Every politician seems to think they have to propose bills which grow government and spend money. We need our elected officials to cut spending and shrink government, not irresponsibly pass bills that waste our hard earned money. We must vote these bums out of office.