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03/04/2009 08:52 AM ID: 77406 Permalink   

Senate Vote to Keep 8,500 Earmarks in Spending Bill


Today the Senate voted to keep earmarks that were under fire in the $410 Billion Spending Bill,Even after polls show these "Pet Projects" to be unpopular. Senator John McCain rallied to keep these earmarks out, along with 30 Republicans and 2 Democrats.

McCain claimed Congress and President Obama are "Conducting Business as Usual" while regular Americans are facing economic hardship. The White House says Obama will look over future bills with earmarks but will sign this legislation right away.

Some earmarks for the bill include $1.7 Million for Pig Odor Research, $2 Million to promote Astronomy. and earmarks for the PMA Group, currently being investigated by the FBI. Democrats refused to give a estimate number of pet projects in the bill.

    WebReporter: cray0la Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
  keep on spending, while we cut back!  
"How does anyone justify some of these earmarks: $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa; $2 million 'for the promotion of astronomy' in Hawaii; $6.6 million for termite research in New Orleans; $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York," he said.

He also noted the legislation includes 14 earmarks requested by lawmakers for projects sought by PMA Group, a lobbying company at the center of a federal corruption investigation.
  by: cray0la     03/04/2009 08:54 AM     
  and i guess  
i ran out of space in the first paragraph, where Democrat should be Democrats.
  by: cray0la     03/04/2009 08:58 AM     
  "What smell?"  
That's my sisters favorite saying when city folk come out to her farm and comment on the smell. It is a bit ripe in Iowa, especially if you are near a confinement hog house. I still think 8.5K earmarks stinks a hell of a lot more than any hog lot. The economy is in desperate straits and our legislators have upped the ante 8.5%. I wish I got an 8.5% raise. My Christmas bonus this past Christmas was $0.00, so was my husbands. Merry Christmas to the legislature, screw "We the people". I need more K-Y Jelly, I'm getting a bit chapped.
  by: valkyrie123     03/04/2009 02:30 PM     
Your dearest uncle sam has run out of lube, and as such he has now decreed it 'bring your own' nite.

that is all.
  by: elijah4twenty     03/04/2009 03:22 PM     
I think it is time the American people actually start taking responsibility for the fact that earmarks exist because they want them to. Take my home state of Rhode Island, people bitch and moan to no end about all this wasteful spending in other states but you can bet your ass that if funding was not secured for more submarines to built at the electric boat facility here that our senators and congressmen would be looking for other employment after the next election.
  by: gtg833b     03/04/2009 03:59 PM     
... the story doesn't mention how many of those earmarks are for Republicans.
  by: ben_reilly     03/04/2009 06:00 PM     
The Republicans are the ones who keep trying to vote the bill down.
  by: deadtaco   03/04/2009 08:07 PM     
  Check this out  
Check out this link. There is a database set up that list the Senators and the earmarks for which they asked.
  by: fats3287   03/04/2009 08:33 PM     
  @deadtaco, ben  
If both of you are right, then I say brilliant move, Reps. Stuff a bill full of pork and then vote against it; you win either way. If it doesn't pass, you look like a hero to your constituents for standing up against Democrats; if it passes, you get your money.
  by: caution2     03/04/2009 08:34 PM     
astronomy is not an earmark
  by: zatonado001     03/04/2009 08:51 PM     
  Spending our way into the grave  
Lets just print out more money and crash the dollar quicker! Hooray for suicide of our economy!

Thats what everyone seems to be praising. Everyone here is either complaining for or against earmarks and seemed to have forgotten what these earmarks are actually attached too!

This bill and all spending bills like it, either before or after, are nothing more than economic suicide pills. Americans seem very eager to down as many as possible...
  by: slavefortheman     03/04/2009 09:09 PM     
Pelosi announced she has a pet project on this bill via her twitter. "I'd like to think that 1 billion for facial reconstruction surgery and the remaining billion for breast enhancements will really improve my efforts to get a boyfriend"
  by: lockon   03/05/2009 09:59 AM     
Can someone say constituents???? Jesus christ people, other people in their respective states "lobbied" for this "pork" otherwise the senators wouldn't even have attempted to push these into the bill. It all goes down to job tenure. I feel like crayola thinks a senator sits at his/her desk and tries to come up with random stuff to spend. You do know senators and congressmen are suposed to represent their constituents right? sheesh
  by: rj712   03/05/2009 03:44 PM     
It's like I say -- one person's pork spending is another person's paycheck.
  by: ben_reilly     03/05/2009 03:49 PM     
or more accurately, what's an "earmark-laiden spending bill" to Republicans is a "clearly itemized national budget" to Democrats. It's just easier to write Congress a blank check and say "here, do whatever you want" for people who like to think simple. That's why marriage has to remain simple; when it gets a little complicated, Republicans can't understand.
What's a Republican's vision of "$6 million for cat toys" is for Democrats "$6 million for California coastal wetland cleanup and reclaimation, which will employ about 70 people for ten years" (not quite sure how Republicans got "cat toy" from that, but they hear what they want when the truth makes too much sense).
Too bad they promoted astronomy. We might learn something about the universe now. Dang. A lot of people are much happier with ignorance.

What are some of the other items listed in the budget? Hmm... glad you asked!

• $27.5 billion for highway projects

• $340 million for watershed and flood-prevention operations and watershed rehabilitation

• $2.5 billion for distance learning, telemedicine and broadband programs

• $150 million for economic development assistance programs

• $4.7 billion for a broadband technology opportunities program

• $6 billion for local clean water initiatives

• $21 billion to aid laid-off workers with employer-provided health insurance through COBRA

• $53.6 billion to help states deal with budget deficits

• $36.2 billion for energy spending

• $19.9 billion for aid to poor families

• a tax credit of up to $400 for low- and middle-income individuals and $800 for families

• a one-time payment of $250 to recipients of Social Security and government disability

Most of that is upgrading the country's technology and education, fixing some of the stuff that Bush broke (or admittedly, some of it that had been breaking for a long time before Bush was in office), assisting people getting back on their feet (some of which has already been earned and promised, such as to retired social security recipients), and cleaning up the land air and water so people don't have to resort to Zydrate and Soylent Green.
Stupid earmarks. That's not simple. Where's my Brawndo?
  by: captainchainsaw   03/06/2009 12:42 AM     
I'm poor. My whole family is poor. I'm also a veteran and a college student. I have two very part time jobs and everyone else in my family works. We live in the worst city in America, in the broke state of California. If I get one penny from this bill, I'll convert to Democratism. But I highly doubt it will ever happen. Aside from possible tax breaks, nothing in this bill will make my poor, poor, yet highly skilled, poor life any better. I can't get unemployment, because I'm "working" and I'm a student. I can't get financial aid, because I made too much money when I was still active duty. I'm broke because the housing market collapsed and a house willed to me by my dead mother sent me $25 in the hole trying to sell it to pay of its costs.

This system is shit. (go ahead and delete that word crazy admin I had to type it) There is hardly one bit of this failing economy that hasn't affected me deeply or the actions of Bush and what his war did to me personally. I've been getting the smelly end of the stick for years now.

Tell me, is there anything in there that could possibly help me? Anything at all? The working man won't qualify for poor handouts, and the veteran student won't qualify for aid. Nothing. I get nothing. The only reason I'm not homeless is because people are nice. That's it. I'm doing everything I can to help my situation. This whole government is shit. Obama is doing nothing to change things.
  by: promontorium   03/06/2009 02:31 PM     
I meant $25,000. God I would be happy if I only lost $25. I'm soooo in debt.
  by: promontorium   03/06/2009 02:34 PM     
dont veterans get education benefits?
  by: zatonado001     03/06/2009 06:58 PM     
"cleaning up the land air and water so people don't have to resort to Zydrate and Soylent Green."

Hey, they're both made from people, but Zydrate comes in a little glass vial!
  by: MomentOfClarity     03/06/2009 07:52 PM     
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