Obama Breaks Campaign Promise: Plans to Sign 8,000 Pork Project Laced Omnibus Spending Bill
The vote on the omnibus spending bill has been postponed until at least Tuesday.
A stopgap measure was voted in last Thursday to keep the federal government up and running until the vote. In case you do not know about this bill, it is essentially the short term federal budget for the next six months. It is an astounding $410, 000, 000, 000 spending bill that is essentially a catch all for over 8,000 pork projects. Over $7.7 billion dollars of this bill is attributed earmarks (aka pork projects and pet projects.) 60% of this pork has been requested by Democratic politicians and 40% was requested by Republican politicians.
John McCain, which I personally loath, is actually right on this particular issue. He is calling for President Obama to stick to his campaign promise of going line by line to remove any and all pork projects out of each and every bill that passes his desk. However, President Obama is not planning on sticking to his promise. He intends to sign this bill. Why, you ask? President Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibs, says that President Obama is not breaking his campaign promise because this bill is last year’s business, and all bills in the future will be scrutinized by our president.
Oh….where to begin. I have lost a lot of respect for President Obama. This bill has some of the most atrocious and idiotic spending that I have ever witnessed, and he is just going to sit back and not get his hands dirty? I thought that is why we elected him; wasn’t he the one that was willing to get his hands dirty and bring change we can believe in? What about this is change? This is politics as usual! Granted, this bill was in the works before he took the oath of office. But, IT IS spending that will take place over the next six months of his presidency. And, it is his name that will go at the bottom of the page. So, that makes it his business!
So let’s look at the bill up close. This is a 1,132-page spending bill stuffed to the max with over 8,000 pork projects that will accomplish little by spending a whole lot. It was written over the last 12 months. Keep in mind, that means before the unemployment rate skyrocketed, the enactment of the $787 billion economic stimulus package, etc.. It even still has projects requested by politicians like Larry Craig, who was arrested in 2007 in a sex sting.
Before you dismiss these pork projects as yet another effort to stimulate the economy, you better take a good hard look at exactly what it is your tax payer dollars will be stimulating:
$475,000 for a bicycle trail in Ohio
$475,000 to construct a parking garage in Utah
$570,000 for transitional housing facility for recovering substance abuse clients in New Mexico
$950,000 for a convention and trade center at Myrtle Beach.
$1.7 million for a honey bee factory in Texas
$900,000 for a planetarium in Chicago. Ironically this one is by Rahm Emanuel.
$300,000 for the Montana World Trade Center
$200,000 for a tattoo removal violence outreach program in Ca.
$1 million to control the Mormon cricket in Utah.
$650,000 to manage beavers in Mississippi and North Carolina.
$2 million to promote astronomy in Hawaii.
$1.7 million to find out why pigs smell like pigs- pig odor research in Iowa
$2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York
$332,000 for a sidewalk in Texas.
40 million to complete a visitor center in Washington.
And the list goes on and on and on and on to the tune of over $7.7 billion dollars. Call me crazy, but the country is in economic turmoil. There are people that can not feed their families, lack a job, are loosing their homes, lost everything in the bearish stock market, etc.. At this point, should the federal budget for the next six months be concerned with things like why pigs smell like pigs or why beavers are being beavers?