Even the suggestion that Obama still wants to pursue earmark reform prompted pushback from a top House Democrat. “I don’t think the White House has the ability to tell us what to do,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., defiantly told reporters this week.
Arrogant Little Ass, aren’t you, Hoyer? And, yes, there are Republicans out there being just as arrogant.
So what does some of this pork look like? Well, according to OMB, $1.12 million will be spent to research Wild Rice, in St. Paul, MN, this coming year. http://earmarks.omb.gov/2009-e…
Wild rice is wild rice. It grows in the wild, by definition. Why are we researching it? Is it too late to get our money back?
Also, according to OMB, Boxer and Feinstein garnered $1.5 million for UC-Davis research into possible biowar agents and their cures. Laudable. But does the project need a Director, seven Assistant Directors and an administrator? http://www.rcebiodefense.org/r… And they all have PhD’s?
Marina Del Ray, in California, is picking up a cool $2.5 million. The project is simply listed under “harbor and waterway development” as a line item in the Corps of Engineers’ budget. Marina Del Ray? God knows, they don’t need the money. Any chance we can get a refund? http://earmarks.omb.gov/resour…
Presumably, these guys know the economy’s in the toilet. Yet they still choose to act as if everything’s just peachy.
Earmarking needs to stop. Now would be good. If the money needs to be spent, be up front about it – put it on the table for all to see, and stop hiding it in other bills.