Knight Of The Mind

I'll do my best to present a philosophical and generally conservative look at current events and life, the universe and everything. Readers are invited to take all that's posted herein with a grain of salt. or if they prefer, a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila.

Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Pork And Circuses

According to Taxpayers For Common Sense, all 50 US states are going to be red states next year. Unfortunately for us, this has nothing to do with elections. It has more to do with the most recent spending bill passed by Congress.

The $388 billion spending bill that cleared Congress on Saturday and will head to President Bush for his signature has 11,772 earmarked special projects totaling $15.8 billion, according to the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. Among them:

  • $25,000 for the study of mariachi music in Nevada's Clark County School District.
  • $225,000 for the National Wild Turkey Federation in South Carolina.
  • $1 million for the Missouri Pork Producers Federation to convert animal waste into energy.
  • $75,000 for renovating the Merry Go Round Playhouse in Auburn, N.Y.
  • $100,000 for a weather museum in Punxsutawney, Pa.
  • $800,000 for "soybean rust research" in Ames, Iowa.
  • $75,000 for "hides and leather research" in Wyndmoor, Pa.
  • $1,593 for potato storage in Madison, Wis.
  • $1 million for a world birding center, Texas.
  • $150,000 to pay for beaver management and damage in Wisconsin.
  • $200,000 for the American Cotton Museum in Greenville, Texas.
  • $100,000 for a swimming pool in Ottawa, Kan.
  • $70,000 for a "Paper Industry International Hall of Fame" in Appleton, Wis.
  • $1.5 million for the Rep. Richard Gephardt Archive at the Missouri Historical Society.
  • $2 million for the government to buy back the presidential yacht USS Sequoia, sold in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter to demonstrate frugality.

-Hat Tip USA Today.

Tom Delay may try to pass this budget off as an improvement, but that doesn't even remotely pass the smell test. The Line-Item Veto needs to be rewritten to proclude lawsuits and brought back from the political abyss.

Budgets like this are an outrage. Thievery is poor government. Delay needs to stop campaigning like Robin Hood and then governing like the Sheriff of Nottingham.


As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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