Posted by: al66888 | August 3, 2007

Pork, Earmarks- call them what they really are- Tax increases

If you have read my posts, you know that there are certain things that really fire me up.  1 of which is illegal immigration, another is taxation.  We are so over taxed as Americans, it’s not even funny.  When I look at my paystub and see what I make and what I actually bring home, it makes me sick.   I also live in NJ, so I don’t think I have to even tell you about the property taxes.   I probably pay more in a year in property taxes than many people across the country pay for their mortgages. 

In election years, taxes are always an issue.  I am actually very surprised to see that the Democrat candidates have actually promised to raise taxes. They try to spin this as being a good thing so we can fund necessary programs. The sad fact of the matter is we have 1000s of wasteful programs, and tons of others that fail to live up to their intended purpose. Then you have the Pork. We don’t call it pork anymore, we call them earmarks, because that has a nicer conotation. It’s the reason car dealers now sell you pre-owned cars instead of used- it’s all about how people react to the word. So what is an earmark- it’s basically a bribe. It is money that is attached to a bill (and it doesn’t have to do anything with the bill – IE $20 million for a museum attached to a Defense Appropriations Bill) that goes back to the home state of the Congressman.

And guess who leads the way- Our good friend John Murtha. I asked, after the outrageous comments by Murtha, how this guy gets re-elected. Well, now you know, he brings home the dollars to the special interests of his home state of PA. But I’m not going to make this a bash the D’s article. It’s all of them. The #2 guy on that list was Rep Bill Young, a R from FL. All of these earmarks are added to the amount of money that the federal government needs to collect, and that money is collected from you and I in the terms of taxes. An article by the Hill, show the breakdown of some of the biggest players.

The House is expected to take up the $459.6 billion defense appropriations bill Friday. It contains 1,337 earmarks, costing $3.07 billion, which is less than half the number and value of earmarks in last year’s bill.

But what is $3 BILLION when it’s not your money? People joke around about having a money tree in the yard, but our politicians have one, the tree is called taxation. If we need more, we raise more. Now, there was supposed to be sweeping changes to the way earmarks were presented, making everything transparent. That doesn’t appear to be happening.

Even though the panel disclosed the project name, the requesting member, and the budget line in which the project was requested, the bill and its earmarks are not a model of transparency. The panel did not disclose either the amount requested or the companies that would benefit. TCS paired the disclosed requests in the committee report with the dollar amounts for the projects published in the bill.

This year is the first in which earmarks were disclosed under new House rules mandating that lawmakers identify their earmarks in letters to the committee certifying that they have no financial interest in the project. The report accompanying the bill contained a chart listing projects and sponsors, but not the amounts of the earmark.

I mean, it’s the government – all they do is waste, this paragraph goes down as one of the most frustrating

Murtha, the defense industry’s darling, has been known throughout his tenure on the defense panel to shell out a large number of earmarks. His biggest earmark in the bill is $23 million for the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), a move that sparked a fierce fight with Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), who earlier this year voted in a private meeting to strip Murtha’s earmark.

The Bush administration requested $16 million to shut down the center, which is in Murtha’s district, because it replicated the work of a similar center.

So Murtha wants $23 million to open it, and Bush wants $16 million to close it. What you have to realize is that $39 million comes from the American people, whether it’s opened or closed, we’re funding the bill. We need to remove the pork. If you want something for your state, than propose it, but don’t hide it. And the American people should be given the right to know who requested it and who benefits from it. After all, we are the ones who are paying for it.

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Responses

  1. You’re not completely correct in your assertion we will have to foot the bill via taxes. The Defense Appropriations Bill will go for final approval based on its total dollar amount. It is unlikely it will pass unchanged; no previous DAB ever has. Cuts will be required in the bill in order to bring it closer to it’s original spending estimate, so we won’t actually have to directly pay more in dollars due to the earmarks.

    What WILL happen is that items the DoD wanted will be what is cut in order to fit those earmarks into the bill! That’s what happens – look it up and weep.

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  3. apparently the earmarks don’t raise the final tally of the spending bill. I was told this by a reader who did not like my take on pork. Fact is, the spending bill could be made smaller without it…i don’t care whqat the idiot says. I feel your pain on the pay stub thing. It should be criminal.


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