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    “When Congress adopted earmark reforms last year, there was hope that the number and cost of earmarks would be cut in half. By any measure, that has not occurred,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz.

    In fiscal year 2008, Congress stuffed 11,610 projects (the second highest total ever) worth $17.2 billion into the 12 appropriations bills. That is a 337 percent increase over the 2,658 projects in fiscal year 2007, and a 30 percent increase over the $13.2 billion total in fiscal year 2007. Alaska led the nation with $556 in pork per capita ($380 million total), followed by Hawaii with $221 ($283 million) and North Dakota with $208 ($133 million). CAGW has identified $271 billion in total pork since 1991.

    For the first time, the names of members of Congress were added to the projects. The top three porkers were members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, beginning with Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) with $892 million; Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) with $469 million; and Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) with $465 million.

    The Pig Book Summary profiles the most egregious examples, breaks down pork per capita by state, and presents the annual Oinker Awards. All 11,610 projects are listed in a searchable database on CAGW’s website www.cagw.org. Examples of pork in the 2008 Pig Book include:

    $3 million for The First Tee;
    $1,950,000 for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service;
    $460,752 for hops research;
    $211,509 for olive fruit fly research in Paris, France;
    $196,000 for the renovation and transformation of the historic Post Office in Las Vegas;
    $188,000 for the Lobster Institute in Maine; and
    $148,950 for the Montana Sheep Institute.


    http://www.cagw.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=11350&news_iv_ctrl=1389

    Your tax money being wisely spent, Republicans and Democrats alike. If these are your representatives in Congress, do you feel that their bridges to nowhere are worth your vote?:eusa_whistle:
     
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    Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan
    organization representing more than 1.2 million members and supporters nationwide.
    CAGW’smission is to eliminate waste,mismanagement, and inefficiency at all levels
    of government.
    In the House of Representatives, Republicans want a one-year
    moratorium but will not unilaterally disarm. Democrats won’t
    agree because of objections from big porkers such as House Defense
    Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha (D-Pa.). On
    February 11, 2008, Roll Call noted, “Every private entity that received
    a special project from the Pennsylvania Democrat in last year’s
    defense spending bill had given him political money at some point
    since 2005.” At his February 27, 2008 fundraiser for lobbyists,
    Murtha received a standing ovation.
    $7,556,660 for grape and wine research. Wine is a popular beverage.
    In fact, in 2006, per capita U.S. wine consumption was 2.39 gallons
    while the U.S. exported 404.5 million liters of wine. Total wine
    sales in 2006 were $27.8 billion. There is no pressing need for taxpayers
    to pay for this research.
    $3,260,019 for four projects by Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas):
    $1,709,946 for sorghum research and $1,550,073 for the Plant
    Stress andWater Conservation Lab.

    Here are just a few examples check out the complete list of bridges to nowhere legislation for yourself.
    http://www.cagw.org/site/DocServer/CAGW-Pig_Book_08.pdf?docID=3001
     
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    http://www.cagw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=reports_pigbook2008Oinkers



    The French Kiss Off Award
    to Representative Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) for $211,509 in olive fruit fly research in Paris, France.



    The Taxpayers Get Teed Off Award
    to House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) for $3 million for The First Tee in the defense appropriations bill.



    The Cold Hard Cash Award
    to Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) for $165.7 million in defense pork.



    The Tax Dollars on Drugs Award
    to Representative John Murtha (D-Pa.) for $23 million for the National Drug Intelligence Center.



    The Pantheon of Pork Award
    to Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.VA) for $386 million in pork.



    The Narcissist Award
    to Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) for $1,950,000 for the Charles B. Rangel Center for
    Public Service.



    The Pig in Sheep's Clothing Award
    to Montana Senators Max Baucaus (D) and Jon Tester (D) for $148,950 for the
    Montana Sheep Institute.



    The Unidentified Fiscal Object Award
    to Representative Ann Esshoo (D-Calif.) for $1.6 million for the Allen Telescope Array.



    The Money Doesn't Grow on Trees Award
    to Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) for $344,540 for the city of Chicago
    GreenStreets Tree Planting Program.



    The Porky and Bess Award
    for $7.9 million for 36 theaters in 21 states.



    The Pacific Fleeced Award
    to Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) for $173.2 million in defense pork.



    The Taxpayers Get Steamed Award
    to Maine Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (R), and Rep. Thomas Allen (D-Maine) for $188,000 for the Lobster Institute.



    This Pork Was Made for Walking Award
    to Representative Virgil Goode (R-Va.) for $98,000 to develop a walking tour of Boydton, Virginia.



    The Return to Sender Award
    to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for $196,000 for the renovation and transformation of the historic downtown Post Office in Las Vegas.
     
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    What CAGW doesn't get is that this is how you get re-elected. People bitch about about "pork-barrel" spending except when it creates jobs in their home town.

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    Yeah I mean hiding funding for a golf course in a defense bill is perfectly acceptable to you.:rofl:
     
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    Tell how Mike Thompson is creating jobs in his hometown with his olive flies research earmark, that is being conducted in Paris France?
     
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    Lmao...directly from the olive industries website....lmao
    They don't have anything to gain from this do they? Seems as though they should paying for their own research? It seems though the olive industry and a non-partisian group is in direct conflict of each other, I don't know who the hell to believe?:rofl:
     

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