Defense bill totals 4 BILLION in EARMARKS, Change you CAN'T beleive in.

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    Here we go again, more earmarks after the President promised to put an end to this outrageous spending--- and this at a time of 10% + unemployment.

    Defense Bill Earmarks Total $4 Billion - WSJ.com

    Among the earmarks in the Defense bill: $18.9 million for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate sponsored by Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.); a $23 million item for the Hawaii Healthcare Network, sponsored by Senate appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii); a $20 million appropriation for the National World War II museum in New Orleans, by Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana; and $5 million for a Heritage Center at San Francisco's historic Presidio, an item included by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her "community funding requests."

    Ms. Landrieu said in a statement that she was "proud" to secure the museum funding, which will be used to pay for the construction of a new wing that will include aircraft, tanks and landing vehicles used during the war. A spokesman for Ms. Pelosi said the Presidio item was requested by the Presidio Trust, adding that it was for rehabilitation of the Officers Club, a local landmark.

    One of the larger spending items is a $300 million appropriation touted by Reps. Jim Moran (D., Va.) and Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), among others, to improve their region's overstressed transportation system. The road widenings are justified by expanding operations at area military facilities, including new hospital facilities.

    "Congress is committed to building world class facilities for our wounded warriors in the national capital region, and these funds are an integral part of that effort," Mr. Van Hollen said.
     
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    only testing to see how this board works..............
     
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    And another bill signed with almost 5,000 earmarks.

    Earmarks Notwithstanding, President Obama Likely to Sign $447 Billion Omnibus Spending Bill - Political Punch

    Earmarks Notwithstanding, President Obama Likely to Sign $447 Billion Omnibus Spending Bill
    December 14, 2009 6:46 PM

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    In March, President Obama announced he would sign a $410 billion omnibus spending bill containing, according to taxpayers’ groups, 8,570 earmarks at a cost of $7.7 billion, but he said he would push to reform the earmark system. He seemed a little embarrassed about the whole deal, refusing to sign the bill in public or even to release a photograph.

    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at the time "the rules of the road going forward for those many appropriations bills that will go through Congress and come to his desk will be done differently."

    Today Gibbs was asked if the President was contemplating vetoing the $447 billion omnibus spending bill passed by the Senate yesterday -- which has more than 5,000 earmarks – as a way of sending a signal to Democrats to stop the earmarks and wasteful spending.

    BTW- he signed it.
     
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    And this----- the Omnibus bill with 9,000 earmarks that he signed last Feb.

    President Obama to sign budget despite earmarks breaking campaign pledge

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will break a campaign pledge against congressional earmarks and sign a budget bill laden with millions in lawmakers' pet projects, administration officials said.

    Administration budget chief Peter Orszag and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel both downplayed the $410 billion spending bill and signaled Obama would hold his nose and sign it.



    Seems he has been holding his nose for quite a while now and keeps signing all the bills with all those earmarks.
     
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    The earmarking total for 2010 represented a 14% drop from last year's defense bill, according to an analysis by Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group that is critical of the process. The House included language in its defense bill that could subject earmarks for for-profit companies to full and open competition. But the Senate resisted, meaning that senators apparently will continue to set aside spending for favored companies, the group said.

    Defense Bill Earmarks Total $4 Billion - WSJ.com
     
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    14% better than Bush boys :beer: I will take what improvement I can get.

    But keep a whining and spinning there boys.
     
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    Not good enough. Obama campaigned on this and it's a promise that he has broken over and over again.

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    Does Obama Have a Double Standard on Earmarks? - TIME

    Still, Ellis and other observers argue that the fiscal-2009 budget's level of earmarking is too high and that projects such as $1.8 million for swine odor and manure management in Iowa, $190,000 for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Wyoming, $400,000 to combat bullying in Montana and $2.2 million to study grape genetics in New York are easily ridiculed and embarrassing. And they show the risk of one-party control of both the executive and legislative branches of government — which was amply demonstrated by George W. Bush and congressional Republicans.


    Are you mad yet???? You should be, this is YOUR money.
     
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    Not good enough yet still better than BOOOOOOOOSH, eh, Maple?
     

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