From Carpe Diem, who quotes a recent Washington Times article:
The Democrat-led Congress last year broke a promise to slash pork spending and doled out $17.2 billion for pet projects, a 30% increase over the previous year’s $13.2 billion expenditure, according to the Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) 2008 “Pig Book.” Congress stuffed 11,610 projects into fiscal 2008 spending bills, the second-highest total ever and more than triple the number of projects in fiscal 2007.
The top three “porkers” identified in the “Pig Book” all were Republican members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Well, I’ll be…porky Republicans. Who would’ve guessed?
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Ranking member Thad Cochran of Mississippi with $892 million, Ted Stevens of Alaska with $469 million and Richard C. Shelby of Alabama with $465 million. CAGW ranked Mrs. Clinton of New York the 13th top pork spender in the Senate, far outpacing Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama who ranked 28th and sent his home state of Illinois about $97 million in pork. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, as usual secured no pork projects.
This would be a funny story except for the figures: those criminal porkers blew over $17,000,000,000 of our hard-earned money.
Definitely, our Congress is haram meat all the way. They prove it every time they park their rear ends in a Congressional chair.
I have a suggestion: let’s pay them their usual salaries and perks on the condition that they not attend Congress or cross the line into the District of Columbia at any time during their political career. They can overstuff their staff positions, use the free mail privileges and go on their fact-finding trips to tropical spots, just as they’ve always done. They just couldn’t come into town.
We’d be solvent in no time and crime in the District would become negligible.
Of course, the lobbyists/prostitutes would be on the streets selling apples, but they all need a good dose of sunshine anyway. And have you ever seen a skinny lobbyist? Lean times would do them — and us — a world of good.
NOTE: If you go to the pdf link above (CAGW), there are fascinating breakdowns of this thievery.