I'm sorry. I didn't want to make this a political blog but I can't help myself. I do promise that I will at least research before I write.
And I did research (read: someone needs a life). I looked thru a chunk of the earmarks in the federal budget. Now, $7.7 billion is pocket change to what our new government, drunk with power, have thrown around BUT you all voted for change...and you ain't getting it.
Candidate Obama in the first presidential debate: "Absolutely, we need earmark reform. And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely."
Hey, O, I think you missed this line:
$800,000 Oyster Rehabilitation in Alabama
Who the heck gave those oysters enough alcohol that they needed rehab?
And just to show this isn't a one sided rant - that one was an Republican earmark...shame. SHAME. Hard to stand up for small government when you ask for $800k for your oyster constituents, Senator Shelby. You idiot.
Wait, Oysters must be vital to our economic recovery plan because here is another one that must have missed Obama's personal line by line study:
$2 MILLION for Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery MD & VA
Wait, one more, I am off the Oysters now even tho those were NOT the only two earmarks for those slimy little things, seriously...:
"To the city of Billings, MT $296,000 to purchase digital video cameras, a tactical blanket system and a tactical armored security vehicle"
What the hell is a tactical blanket? Oh...
Billings, Montana has a violent crime rate of 186 incidents per 100,000 people compared with a rate of 596 nationally. Yes, they definately needed to spend $300k on a tank.
No, I am not against stuff to protect police officers - BUT if Billings, MT wants a tank for their cops and Alabama wants to have an intervention for their oysters then let the citizens of Billings and Alabama pay for it while the Federal government focuses on the big problems like maybe buying tanks and armor for those guys fighting those wars over there...
But I AM against broken campaign promises from someone who preached change, hope, rainbows and unicorns. Yes we can. Si se puede.
And the defense of "Well Bush did it too, he was a horrible president, Cheney is Satan's spawn!" will only get you laughed at after my eyes stop rolling. He is gone, move on and focus on the new guy and hold him to the same standards of scrutiny and accountablity to do what he said he would do.
Plus Bush never campaigned on change and hope and reform (it was more like war, pestilence and evil)...Where is the same level of outrage to the same old bad government for the new guy? Or are we too busy ogling the First Lady's guns in those dresses she wears? Focus, people. Make sure you got what you voted for. Reforming earmarks was an easy one, what about when we ge to the hard stuff?
See I do research my rants. I am still hurting from someone calling me an "uninformed conservative". So there.
Link to Earmarks: http://www.taxpayer.net/resources.php?category=&type=Project&proj_id=1961&action=Headlines%20By%20TCS