Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Ray Charles and "Here We Go Again" is the theme music for this post.
Congress is preparing to lay their new $410 spending bill on us as the new budget cycle begins. Republicans are deriding the bill as "the cherry on the stimulus sundae" but you can be sure they have their own earmarks in this one as well.
The budget process begins Thursday as Obama releases his 2010 budget plan. On top of the Porkulus bill, this might truly be too much to take!
Last night Michelle Malkin posted a link to Capitol Hill staffer Tom Jones and his twittering of the bill; he's going through it with a fine tooth comb and identifying the pork.
Some of his findings?
awesome $200K #pork for "Tattoo Removal Violence Prevention Outreach Program" amazing. $$$ to get rid of gang tats. pg283
$5.8M earmark for "Ted Kennedy Institute for the Senate... for the planning and design of a building & an endowment" p.232
omnibus has $95,000 earmark to "combat obesity" - how about less pork?
earmark to the stars?? $2M for "for the promotion of astronomy in Hawaii" Really? pg. 332
National Council of LaRaza gets $473,000 earmark in #omnibus from Sens. Bingamen and Menendez
Follow his twitters and see what he finds today!