Thursday, February 26, 2009

Earmarks, or Don't You Just Trust These Guys Implicitly?

[the 2009 omnibus spending bill] also includes $208,000 to control a weed known as cogongrass in Mississippi; $1.2 million to control cormorants in Michigan, Mississippi, New York and Vermont; $1 million to control Mormon crickets in Utah; and $162,000 to control rodents in Hawaii.                                 
The above is in addition to nearly 9000 other earmarks, worth nearly $8,000,000,000.  This according to the New York Times, February 25 ,2009  (House Passes Spending Bill, and Critics Are Quick to Point Out Pork, by Robert Pear).   If the Times published it, the article probably underestimates the amount of pork.   I guess this is what the attendees at Obama's fiscal responsibility summit had in mind:   Take taxpayer money and use it to buy votes.  


The photo of Iago and Othello is from the New York Times also.

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