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Pork in budget bill has McCain twittering

February 27, 2009

WASHINGTON – With Congress likely to pass a big budget bill with a lot of pet spending projects in it, Republican John McCain is literally twittering away his annoyance at the legislation.

McCain, a strong advocate of controlling government spending, gave fair warning of his complaints to come in a tweet he issued on Thursday night: “Tmr I am gonna tweet the TOP TEN PORKIEST PROJECTS in theOmnibus Spending bill the Congress is about to pass” OBAMA-CLINTON/

When last we checked he was counting down from #10 and was at #4. Here you go, complete with his own editorial comments (His humor is back after it went away during the last months of last year’s presidential campaign):

#4. $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York – quick peel me a grape.

#5. $650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi

#6. $1 million for mormon cricket control in Utah – is that the species of cricket or a game played by the brits?

#7. $300,000 for the Montana World Trade Center – enough said

#8. $200,000 “tattoo removal violence outreach program to could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past” REALLY?

#9. $475,000 to build a parking garage in Provo City, Utah

#10. $1.7M “for a honey bee factory” in Weslaco, TX

Photo credit: Reuters/Mitch Dumke (McCain walks through Capitol in January)

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I am not a huge McCain fan, but he is consistent on pork barrel spending and I am glad he is being vocal about the out of control spending just this year alone, 1.7 billion dollars.

No one can blame George Bush for this fiasco. Obama is doing nothing to help this country survive.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive
 

Maybe this is supposed to be “funny” but I have heard of projects just as stupid that were for real. Big question: Is this for real or a “joke”? If a joke, is this what we are getting from our Senators in place of real working projects? I know there must be humor, but the man-hours needed to produce jokes like this are not, IMHO, funny

Posted by Betty Bee | Report as abusive
 

I have very limited usage for the Republican Party, but John McCain has to understand that pork is part of the political system…During the years under the Republican Party, Bush never vetoed ZERO bills that he had a chance to cut the pork…

Posted by Dennis Junior | Report as abusive
 

I’ll bet if you went to each state that the “pork” was going to benefit, they would say that these projects have merit.
We, as a nation, do not move forward without research and development. And as a nice side benne, it employs a bunch of people.
Infrastructure is important too. It sure enhances my life – I like roads, communications, energy, public projects, schools … Oh, and it employs a bunch of people.
“Pork” has become a four word that the Repubs use to “shock and appall” – a tidbit to keep the base riled up.
Embrace the fact that this money is being spent on the people instead of the socialist money institutions.

Posted by Eloise | Report as abusive
 

eloise are you trying to justify this system?in most cases it is just grabbing as much money as possible to justify them being elected into office,by their districts. when you see unprincipled actions like these,it is a thin end of the wedge that leads to other bad behaviour and eventually fraud,that is why so many are being investigated at present.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

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