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More pork for 2005

The current annual budget proposed by Congress contains huge expenditures for pork barrel legislation. Your hard-earned tax dollars are being freely spent for a $3.5 million bus acquisition in Georgia, a $2 million kitchen relocation in Alaska, $1.5 million for a research project to relocate chilled water to Lake Onondaga, $500,000 for the Kincaid Park Soccer and Nordic Ski Center in Alaska, millions for halls of fame for everything from Rock and Roll to Alabama sports, and $25,000 for fitness equipment for the YMCA in Bradford County, Pa.

The $388 billion Omnibus Bill is 1,690 pages long. Legislators take advantage of the bill being humanly impossible to read. Just before ratification, these pork projects get included as hitchhikers. There is no competitive bidding for projects and no discussion. President Bush will sign it soon without challenging the pork.

There was an record-breaking $29 billion for pork last year. This included pork from money designated for our troops in Iraq. That record may be broken this year. What’s next? Pork from tsunami relief funds?



Michael Peters

Applegate


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