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Posted on Jun 13, 2008
Pork Barrel

Pork-barrel earmarks remain a staple for Senate and House politicians who spend money in their home districts to garner support for their own re-election campaigns.

Pork, as in earmarks, not as in pig, is again in vogue this political season only a year after a 2007 congressional promise to curb what some call wasteful spending in politicians’ home districts. At the top of the earmarking ladder is the defense authorization bill (read military-industrial complex), which saw a 29 percent increase in district spending since 2007.

The Washington Post:

More than a year after Congress pledged to curb pork barrel funding known as earmarks, lawmakers are gearing up for another spending binge, directing billions toward organizations and companies in their home districts.

Earmark spending in the House’s defense authorization bill alone soared 29 percent last month, from $7.7 billion last year to $9.9 billion now, according to data compiled by Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan watchdog group in the District. The Senate bill has not been approved, but the proposal includes an increased number of earmarks, although for a slightly lesser total cost.

Lawmakers had promised to cut back on earmarks and mandated better disclosure of them after steady criticism that they were funding programs with little debate or oversight. The promises led to an initial decline in earmarks last year that was trumpeted on Capitol Hill. But the new data show that they are surging again, at least in the proposed Pentagon authorization budget, which sets out priorities to be funded in a later appropriations bill.

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By Purple Girl, June 16, 2008 at 5:57 am Link to this comment

Complacency and Complicity ar ethe Focus of this years elections. I will vote against All who have had a hand in this ‘Downing Of America’- Red & Blue alike. I am also looking forward to moves to Recall thsoe who are not Up for Judgement, and Seeking LEGAL judgements against them as accomplices.If the Dems In congress think they are going to ride Obama
s Coat tail in and Be forgiven- they have another ‘Think’ coming!‘Hell haveth No fury..’ Like a Pissed off Ol’ Dem!Ametuers Welcome- A great way to break the Lucrative Contracts many of these Treasonous ‘Public Servants’ have Sold US Out to fulfill.

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By samosamo, June 14, 2008 at 4:03 am Link to this comment

Pretty close, actually so close I think I will put some time and thought to this, maybe see if I can get some pork/earmarks from w & dick to study this phenomenon.
And just taking earmarks, maybe these are the pigs ears that have been pre-marked for easier gnawing by those dogs.

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By Outraged, June 14, 2008 at 12:56 am Link to this comment

Quote: “Pork, as in earmarks, not as in pig, is again in vogue”

>Are you sure?  I mean they sell “pigs ears” for dogs to gnaw up.  And I’ve often thought… do I really want my dog to take a liking to “pigs ears”...?  ...and are these things truly and actually pigs EARS…!?  I ponder the conjecture quite extensively… don’t find an answer….except that I’m still trying to discern…are these really PIGS EARS (gravy flavored even)!

I do know this. I can’t find any logical reason I would want dogs gnawing on pigs ears… just not a good idea… are you guys following me here…?

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, June 13, 2008 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

Can’t back it up with facts but my guess is that earmarks are often for domestic projects and therefore often benefit American citizens.  Can’t say that for the 3 trillion that will be spent in Iraq.

Earmarks are yet another form of demagoguery.  Just the word conjures up bad stuff in the minds of most Americans.  We need more earmarks.  Infrastructure earmarks.  Social service earmarks.  Here a mark, there a mark, everywhere an earmark, eieio.

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By samosamo, June 13, 2008 at 4:37 pm Link to this comment

Just how in the hell does anyone think the 22% or is it down to 12% that still approve of w & dick’s works are still able to buy a couple of suvs and big trucks a year and race down the roads at twice the speed limit?
Saw on InfoClearHouse where bitch Pelosi has taken a supplemental out of a bill that would require congress’ approval to attack Iran. Way to go jew bitch traitor. Another good gem of a democrat sucking up to the israelis. Republican+democrat=is code SAME DAMN THING!!!!

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