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Where’s the pork? September 9, 2008

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So where’s the pork? Or better yet, why is talk of pork so distasteful (unless of course, you are a vegetarian)? We all occasionally benefit from pork barrel spending. The more powerful your Representatives in Congress, the more pork you get for your state or district. The term pork barrel, while literally means a barrel where pork is kept. It is a metaphor for the appropriation of government spending for projects that are intended primarily to benefit particular constituents or campaign contributors. The term originated early in American history, when slaves were sometimes given a barrel of salt pork as a reward and had to compete among themselves to get their share of the handout. So, the beef (I mean pork) has to do with the fact that everybody pays for these special earmarks through taxpayer dollars though usually only few benefit from these handouts. They are attached to bills that Congress wants passed and in order to get the real bill passed, most times Congress will overlook these pet projects.

So who is bringing home the bacon? Pork barrel spending is a tiny portion of our budget but like all bumper sticker phrases, it is easy to scream about without having to get into detail.

So it is interesting to note that Mr ‘I hate Pork’ McCain who has never asked for pork, nominates Sarah Palin as his running mate and she is a champion pork-barrel spender.

Before Palin became mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, the town got zero in Pork-barrel spending. After she was named mayor,she hired lobbyists, and got $67 million in Pork-barrel spending for the town of 6,700 residents that’s $4,000 per person. As governor of Alaska, Palin asked for $550 million in Pork barrel spending in her first year in office, and for 31 Pork barrel spending totaling $198 million so far this year only.

And don’t get me started on the upcoming Charlie Gibson fluff piece that we will have to suffer through this Thursday and Friday.

Pork – Sarah Palin the Earmark Queen – Sarah Palin is quick to mention that she told Congress to keep the Bridge to Nowhere. But she forgets to mention that she forgot to give back the money, along with the most federal earmark money of any other state in America. Maverick?

Alaska is 1st and Arizona is last in pork spending. Arizona, the second fastest growing state in the nation, will receive just $18.70 per capita in federal earmarks this fiscal year. By comparison, Alaska — with roughly a tenth of Arizona’s population — is set to receive $506.34 per capita, the highest in the nation, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group which tracks earmarks.

Sarah Palin: Maverick to Nowhere



1. bonnieluria - September 9, 2008

I hope these messages are getting into the mainstream ads and viewed by the fence sitters.
Seems to me the ” true believers ” are already in rapture and waiting for that lift up to the porky gates, and believe what they are fed.

2. Carol King - September 9, 2008

it seems to me people are more enraptured by the way she looks and how she speaks than what is actually coming out of her mouth or what her actions are.

I heard on the news today that women are being swayed by the fact that there is a women on the republican ticket. What women are these? Ugh!

3. BungalowBILL - September 9, 2008

Notice the body language between Palin and McCain. Every time they are forced to hug and air kiss she recoils in disgust. You know that if they get elected she will sneak up every morning and go BOO! Mr President, hoping to send him off to the rapture so that she can be in charge and put forth her Christian agenda. She’ll say its God’s will ( like the war and her gas pipeline) and go off speaking in tongues in her Pentecostal church.

4. Give Back the Money, Sarah - September 10, 2008

Sarah Palin took $233 million in taxpayer dollars for the Bridge to Nowhere. She didn’t build the bridge and she didn’t give the money back. Tell Sarah to “Give Back the MONEY!”

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