Bloggers, too have latched onto this theme. A coalition of bloggers have launched a website called “porkbusters.” The site lists every member of the House and Senate by the name and has a column next to the name for “committed cuts,” or sacrifices. Currently, the only member of Congress listed with a “committed cut” is House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Many Republican members of Congress must be asking themselves, “Is Nancy Pelosi the best fiscal conservative this Congress has to offer?”
This is the sort of departure between what politicians say and what they do that's one of the many things that had me leave the Republican party in the first place. Conservative politicians say they're about fiscal responsibility, but in reality they're just a different face of the political animal that buys votes using taxpayer dollars. It's an addiction of sorts, methinks. Kudos to Pelosi for at least making the pledge, for whatever reasons.
I looked at the portions of the highway bill that are going to Florida, and I know there's at least ten million dollars that don't belong there, without even looking into what each line item actually means. It's likely that the inappropriate appropriations (heh) are actually several times that. I think the state got over half a billion, so I wouldn't be a bit surprised if we got into nine-digit amounts of pork.
I'm still sick, and I'm still working my ass off when I'm not sleeping, but this was one of those funny-tragic things that I thought needed to be underlined, highlighted, and raised to a larger, bolded font.
Consider this an open thread.