(CNSNews.com) – Termite research, walrus rehabilitation and pig manure are among the more than 8,570 of earmarks in the omnibus spending package currently before the Senate. Critics charge the bill is stuffed full of so many pork barrel projects — $7.7 billion worth — that President Barack Obama should veto it.
The article is worth a read. The list of earmarks is surreal — you have to think this is just a dream nightmare and we will wake up soon. Do you know how YOUR Senator is voting? Do you know what your Senator is SAYING about this?
My curiosity is that while it appears the entire nation is against the runaway spending and especially earmarks, and many in Congress at least give lip service to agree, the practice goes on. Is there a “wink and a nod” going on? Notice in particular the following item out of the list
— $1.7 million for the honeybee lab in Weslaco, Texas, requested by Sen. Jim Johnson (D-S.D.)
And a Sen. from South Dakota cares about this in Texas because … why?
I prefer to think that my Senators are not only not behind the earmarks hijinks, but that they speak out against them — that they try to shine the light of day on this practice.
Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison — I hope we hear from you on this — loud and clear. Please.
And in another piece from CNSnews, here is an example of the tepid attempts made to “excuse” if not justify the earmarks practice:
On Tuesday, the Senate voted down McCain’s amendment that would have stripped the earmarks from the bill by a margin of 63 to 32.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) defended President Obama, who has indicated he will sign the bill even with its earmarks.
“When you are trying to deal with energy, health care, and an economy in free fall and get an administration started – they have tried to do more than any administration in history in a shorter timeframe – to pick another fight after it has already been substantially reformed and changed, I think is not rational,” said Blumenauer.
Meanwhile, off to the post office to see if my personal stimulus check has arrived …. 😉