In spite of the Tea Party revolution and all the spasms about waste and earmarks lately, another porkified monster of a spending bill might soon be force-fed to America and painfully passed through her bowels like roofing nails and shards of glass:

Senate Democrats have filed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through fiscal year 2011, according to Senate GOP sources.

The 1,924-page bill includes funding to implement the sweeping healthcare reform bill Congress passed earlier this year as well as additional funds for Internal Revenue Service agents, according to a senior GOP aide familiar with the legislation.

Remember all that talk — from both parties — about the evils of earmarks? According to Drudge, there have been 6,488 earmarks identified in the 2,000-page bill.

Here are some of the earmarks as pointed out today by an outraged John McCain, who I’m guessing will still vote to pass the spending bill — but in a very disgruntled way:

$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

“Oyster safety” — that’s a new expense. Those tiny little condoms aren’t cheap though.

John Boehner is asking President Obama to prove he’s serious about putting a stop to earmarks by vetoing the bill once it passes (pause for laughter). Yeah, right. This baby contains Obamacare cash and the funding for the added IRS agents that will be required for its implementation — Boehner would have better luck getting Obama to kick his Nicorette and teleprompter habits (not necessarily in that order).

Check out the “I don’t give a damn” written all over Sen. Bob Bennett (R-etired By Voters):

Despite strong opposition from Thune and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), several Senate Republicans are considering voting for the bill.

“That’s my intention,” said retiring Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) when asked if he would support the package.

Bennett said earmarks in the bill might give some of his GOP colleagues reason to hesitate but wouldn’t affect his vote.

If this guy wants to know why Utah voters flushed him out of office, he should just re-read his above quote.

Lame duck sessions shouldn’t even exist because they do little more than give bitter politicians who lost their jobs a window of opportunity to get even the people who just got rid of them.

Update: More earmarks in the spending bill from CBS News’ Mark Knoller:

-Illinois Pedestrian and Bicycling road and trail improvements and enhancements, IL,
$2,500,000
Durbin

-Bronx Zoo Transportation Facility to alleviate traffic congestion and improve access, Bronx, NY,
$500,000
Serrano

-John P. Murtha Foundation
$10,000,000
Brady, Fattah, Critz, Moran, Tim Ryan

-Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
$8,000,000
Markey

-Arthropod Damage Control, NV
$1,000,000
Reid

What a joke.

Comments

23 Responses to “Taxpayers About to Get Thrown Under the Omnibus and Porked in the Earmark Again? — Updated With Bonus Earmarks

  1. Linda on December 15th, 2010 1:48 am

    Peanut research at 413K? Maple syrup research at 165K? This spending is necessary why, exactly?

    400K for solar parking canopies and plug in electric stations in Kansas? Why just Kansas. why not the rest of the country? I mean GM is going be cranking out those Chevy Volts, and Obama is going to force us all to buy them, so we'll all need canopies and electric stations, right?

    Noxious weed management in Nevada at 235K? The weed management should start with Harry Reid, and focus on getting rid of him. Yeah, Nevada is known for its kudzu.

    (sigh) This is precisely why lame duck Congressional sessions need to be abolished.

  2. ken on December 15th, 2010 2:24 am

    $277,000 for potato pest management ,how to manage a pest ,step on it ! Crap don't farmers spray anymore and what the hell $246,000 for bovine tuberculosis in Michigan and Minnesota. what the hell are you people doing to these cows? $235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada, can't Reid & friends smoke that, well I got so bad ass weeds in my back yard how about some cash.Peanut ,VT syrup research that's $578,000 I just saved yea for I been eating this crap for 50 some years and last it's“Oyster safety”simple have it with a beer!

  3. ken on December 15th, 2010 2:38 am

    Oh here again. the Chev volt that was just released to Cal,Tx,DC and NY and Kansas wants $400,000 for parking canopies.Hay I will save some money there also for I doen't see me running over to Kansas to soon to do some serious parking when all first Chev shipments went someplace else,and I'll bet we all better start rushing to get in line to buy that battery car starting @40.280.00. Oh yea, that mountain out in Nevada, that is were we will be putting all the dead elect battery's in about 15 years because gov nig on deal in south.

  4. OK_Loyalist on December 15th, 2010 2:56 am

    Love the title of this post

    "John Boehner is asking President Obama to prove he’s serious about putting a stop to earmarks by vetoing the bill once it passes"

    homina homina homina

  5. ken on December 15th, 2010 2:56 am

    retiring Lame duck Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) how does it feel losing your job but,if you hurry over you should get some UNEMPLOYMENT insurance money or check with yo party to get you job in Government car plant.

  6. SignPainterGuy on December 15th, 2010 3:13 am

    Well, I see NC is set to receive the benefit of 2 programs : swine waste mgt – the hog industry can fund its own mgt just fine w/o gov. strings, and beaver mgt – if beavers are a problem, tell hunter / trappers, no more problem !

    My little hometown, straddling a river, thought it would be neat to have beavers, downtown …. so they paid big bucks to have some beavers brought in. Beavers seem to be single-minded critters, they cut down trees and build dams so they can make little beavers. It was the town`s decorative weeping willows, weeping cherries and pear trees that fell victim to the beavers` dam-building projects……so, guess what ?! The town paid the same guys bigger bucks to trap and remove those same beavers plus the little beavers that came along with the deal !

    As long as gov. has more money than it absolutely needs, money will be spent on unneeded things !

  7. OK_Loyalist on December 15th, 2010 3:20 am

    "Beavers seem to be single-minded critters, they cut down trees and build dams so they can make little beavers."

    Naw…. I'm not going to say it !

  8. SignPainterGuy on December 15th, 2010 3:20 am

    There isn`t enough belief to suspend on these characters, or should I say, "Bad Actors"?

  9. SignPainterGuy on December 15th, 2010 3:44 am

    It was tough to stay on topic ! I do what I can !

    Hey, nice….. No, I won`t !

  10. Clu Seatoe on December 15th, 2010 4:00 am

    $349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina?

    Is that like, paper training your dog?

    **********

    That’s a pretty hefty tuition. For that price they better learn how to put the lid down and flush — in that order.

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  12. Doug on December 15th, 2010 10:03 am

    I know… funny… but nice to see him called on it.

  13. ken on December 15th, 2010 11:53 am

    I got this figured out now this charge station they want to build in Kansas is for people that want to go from coast to coast so when you leave Calif to the east by the time you reach Kansas it's time to charge that car along with your credit card for this is an elect bill you will be paying.

  14. ken on December 15th, 2010 12:00 pm

    Canada & our west farmers use swine waste management they spray it on fields for manure & believe me when I tell you when you get down wind of this you will be rolling up them windows and putting the pedal to the metal to be clear of that area. Just maybe we should be spraying DC with this.

  15. OK_Loyalist on December 15th, 2010 12:38 pm

    I'm having trouble finding the info, but Levin last night mentioned an earmark for coastways and of course Whorehouse Harry managed to get some of that for Nevada.

    Stay tuned I'm sure more lunacy will be surface.

  16. Marshall_Will on December 15th, 2010 12:46 pm

    "Why just Kansas, why not the rest of the country?"

    That really cuts to the heart of this doesn't it? Here we are armpit-deep-in-debt but we're calling in markers to the pit boss for one last double 'er nothin' bet. Well… we were warned in -advance- this would be Kabuki at it's very worst.

    Kudzu ( by the way, where I'm concerned ) is a miracle drug! I stumbled on to it completely by accident and it has enabled me to curtail my alcohol consumption down to a trickle. I understand it is considered invasive.., but we should be -harvesting- it! Not pork barreling it out of existence.

    Medical studies are somewhat mixed, vice placebo, but take it from a guy who's motto for three decades was "Relaxl! The cops won't be here for another ten minutes?" ( this stuff works )

  17. Marshall_Will on December 15th, 2010 12:49 pm

    "coastways"

    ?

  18. OK_Loyalist on December 15th, 2010 1:20 pm

    Ooops I meant coastal waterways.

  19. SignPainterGuy on December 15th, 2010 1:58 pm

    You`re on to something !

    The odor and the volume of the pig pooh are tree-mendous !

  20. Zilla on December 15th, 2010 2:27 pm

    More ways for the CRAPTASTICs who will soon be out of a job to "punish" Obama's "enemies" (the American people).

  21. Rick on December 15th, 2010 3:56 pm

    ken for kongress…get’em!!!

    $$$Nothing for TN? We still have plenty of commies here…thinging about including them in next year’s rabbit season.

    MW,a diet of kudzu and wooden nickels is perfect for these porkerz.

  22. SignPainterGuy on December 15th, 2010 7:47 pm

    Dingy Harry may well yet sneak in some intra-coastal waterway funding for Nevada to go along with his Cali to Reno & LV highspeed rail dream !

  23. larry on December 15th, 2010 8:58 pm

    How can we find out which congressman or woman needed the earmarks for charging stations in Kansas. We must know so we know who to vote out next time.

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