Sunday, January 29, 2006

The growth of pork

Here's a visual representation as to why we need John Shadegg as majority leader:

Up to Their Earmarks

The amount of money spent on pork barrel projects -- special state or local projects tacked onto federal legislation -- has almost tripled over the past 10 years, according to figures from the Congressional Research Service.

SOURCE: Congressional Research Service | GRAPHIC: The Washington Post - January 27, 2006

1 comment:

Howard said...


You know me–I'm fearless. I'll bite.

I'm afraid pork spending, and earmarking, not only will continue, but are a fundamental guarantee of our Constitution. In fact, I'll go further. This activity is one of the five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment: the freedom to redress the government with our grievances.

The bigger question is: what's the least egregious manner to go about fulfilling this guarantee?

Sen. Robert Byrd is proud of his nickname, "King of Pork." And until we find a way to shame our legislators out of this habit, I don't see any end, any time soon.