Taxpayers About to Get Thrown Under the Omnibus and Porked in the Earmark Again? — Updated With Bonus Earmarks
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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 Visitorâ€™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.
â€œThatâ€™s my intention,â€ 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 wouldnâ€™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,
-Bronx Zoo Transportation Facility to alleviate traffic congestion and improve access, Bronx, NY,
-John P. Murtha Foundation
Brady, Fattah, Critz, Moran, Tim Ryan
-Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
-Arthropod Damage Control, NV
What a joke.