Earmark Reform

Tell your lawmakers to sign CCAGW’s (Citizens Against Government Waste) Earmark Reform Pledge and commit Congress to providing taxpayers with greater transparency and accountability for earmarks.    Please click the link below or visit the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste’s web site, www.ccagw.org, to send a letter today.

Everyone is talking about wasteful spending in Congress. Here are a few examples of this wasteful spending:

Did you know that the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) announced on June 17 that it would approve a $480.7 million grant to the nation of Burkina Faso, largely to provide land reform, agricultural reform, and “girl-friendly” schools. The money was provided under the guise of alleviating the cost of rising food prices. Meanwhile, political rights in Burkina Faso have deteriorated into a one-party ruling system, and the State Department describes the state of human rights as poor.

$59,000,000 for medical research projects ranging from cancer to diabetes to gynecological disease. As important as this research may be, there is no mention as to why these programs should receive money from the Department of Defense. One program which weighs heavily on taxpayers in this category is $1.35 million for the “Obesity in the Military Research Program.”

$3,335,000 added by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, home of the “Hard Rockers” football team. The school received $2,000,000 for future affordable multi-utility materials for the Army Future Combat System; $500,000 for improvised explosive device simulation in different soils; $300,000 for a control system for laser powder deposition; $285,000 for shielding rocket payloads; and $250,000 for transparent nanocomposite armor. According to a July 12, 2006 press release, the School of Mines has received more than $70 million in congressional appropriations for projects and research since 2001.

$1,000,000 added in the House for the Allen Telescope Array in Mountain View, Calif. This “alien” project is part of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). SETI describes the telescope as “dedicated to astronomical and simultaneous search for extra-terrestrial intelligence observations.” No word on how it will help defend the world against an alien invasion.

$1,000,000 secured by now-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to fund the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center. In a September 2006 press release announcing her pork victory, she said the center will serve as an “education center and project to preserve the site of the U.S. Army’s first language school established in 1941.”

$12,000,000 for intercity bus security grants for the improvement of ticket identification, installation of driver shields, enhancement of emergency communications, upgrading facility security, and further implementation of passenger screening. The Intercity Bus Security Grant Program is one of five grant programs that make up the DHS fiscal 2007 Infrastructure Protection Program, designed to offset the cost of protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure. For the third year in a row, this program shows up in the Pig Book. Money continues to be directed to profitable, private companies that should be able to fund these measures themselves.

Here is a little of what people who support pork barrel spending have said:

Media General News Service
“There is no such thing as bad press.”
— Jonathan Halsey, project manager for the Sparta Teapot Museum, which received the Tempest in a Teapot Oinker Award in the 2006 Congressional Pig Book for its $500,000 earmark.  April 6, 2006. 

Irish Times
“Eighteen young people have benefited greatly from this project.”
–Stephen Turner, national secretary of the YMCA in Northern Ireland, referring to an employment project helped by the International Fund for Ireland, recipient of The Unlucky Charm Oinker Award in the 2006 Congressional Pig Book for its $13.5 million earmark.  April 10, 2006.

Dr. Brooks A. Mick, The Conservative Voice
In response to a CAGW press release criticizing proposed NASA missions to the moon and Mars: “It is quite certain that the Sun will, in a couple billion years or so, flare up and incinerate and vaporize the earth and other planets as it dies out.  If we follow the advice of the skinflint stingies at CAGE [sic], we will all die….The CAGE [sic] approach, then, if one takes the long view, results in the death of humanity and all creatures on Earth.”

The Cincinnati Post
“Sen. DeWine is not ashamed to fight in the Senate for Ohio jobs.”– Amanda Flaig, spokesperson for Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), responding to the senator earning Porker of the Month after he opposed competitive bidding to protect a large Ohio health care company. November 10, 2003

Senator Ted Stevens, (R- Alaska)
“I am guilty of asking the Senate for pork and proud of the Senate for giving it to me.” — March 15, 2001 Remarks from a National Public Radio appearance

“I want to put the Senate on notice that this year I am going to seek funds so that every village in Alaska has runway lights.” — March 15, 2001– Comments during a Senate floor debate.

Senator Robert Byrd (D- West Virginia)
“Let me thank the good senator from Alaska for being a good servant of his people. I have been in the same boat with the senator in many ways, and I have no apologies to make. What’s one man’s pork is another man’s job.”– March 15, 2001 During Senate floor debate

“Run me over, that’s all right, but tell the good speaker that I’m not dropping anything.”– December/January 2001 Speaking on loan guarantees for steel companies to George Magazine.

“Ted Stevens and I have had to rob Peter to pay Paul.” — Feb. 5, 2001, Roll Call

Representative Jack Kingston, (R- Georgia)
“CAGW seems to have its own brand of hoof-in-mouth.” — March 15, 2001 Atlanta Constitution

Tell your lawmakers to sign CCAGW’s (Citizens Against Government Waste) Earmark Reform Pledge and commit Congress to providing taxpayers with greater transparency and accountability for earmarks.    Please click the link below or visit the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste’s web site, www.ccagw.org, to send a letter today.

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