2009 Porkers of the year awards--totaling 19.2 BILLION

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    Now keep in mind these awards go out to both elected democrats & republicans. What is very curious is that 6.2 MILLION when out to "anonymous." Unbelieveable.

    Our government is at it's same tricks--basically bribing senators & congressmen to vote for a bill--if they stuff in one of the earmarks--basically legal "extortion & bribery" payable by us the American taxpayer. And our government refers to 3rd world countries as banana republics?

    Now while Obama has stated the the number of earmarks has decreased from 2008--he doesn't tell you that the price tag for these earmarks have increased.

    This going on in the worst economic crisis since the great depression

    Welcome to America--:lol::lol:

    Click on the below to see if your elected representative is one of them!

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    And here's the latest that is not included in the above.

    Just weeks before returning to their districts for Christmas, Congress is poised to give the gift of pork – roughly $4 billion of it.

    "We should be embarrassed by this process," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., of the bill which is under consideration by the Senate. "People are out of jobs, out of their homes. Unemployment in my state is 17 percent. And we're going to spend money on things like $2.7 million for supporting surgical operations in outer space?"

    Independent analyses of the bill reveal a whopping 12 percent increase in government spending for 2010 while the inflation rate in the country remains near zero.

    "This Congress has not shown that they are at all serious about the budget deficit in any way," said Brian Riedl of the Heritage Foundation. "The spending spree is continuing even as the deficit escalates to $2 trillion."

    The earmarks are all explicitly listed in the bill – right next to the members of Congress who inserted them: $800,000 for jazz at New York's Lincoln Center, for Rep. Jerold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Harkin, and Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, got $750,000 for exhibits at the World Food Prize Hall in Iowa. Hawaii Democratic senators Dan Inoye and Daniel Akaka helped get $3.4 million for a rural bus program in Hawaii.

    "The country needs to be tight. Two of the biggest earmarks are from Republican senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, at a cost of $8 million for improvements to four rural state airports. One airport serves fewer than 100 passengers a day and another -- the Mid-Delta Regional airport – sees even less. The new funds would come on top of $4.4million the airports just received from the stimulus package.ening its belt, just like the rest of America," said Steve Ellis of Taxpayers for Common Sense.

    Republicans have criticized the spending package, but many Democrats say it funds key priorities. "By focusing on our economy, workers, small businesses, and veterans, this legislation will put Americans back to work and help build long-term and broadly-shared prosperity," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., of the measure. But Democrats are not the only ones stuffing the 2010 appropriations bill with special funding requests.

    Congress To Fund Thousands of Earmarks in Spending Bill - ABC News
     
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