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Bankrupting America

September 18, 2005 10:46 PM

"The highway bill of 1982 had 10 'earmarked' projects -- the code word for pork. The 2005 one has 6,371."

My jaw literally fell open on that one. Stunning.

There's more in Fareed Zakaria's column: "Today's Republicans believe in pork, but they don't believe in government. So we have the largest government in history but one that is weak and dysfunctional. Public spending is a cynical game of buying votes or campaign contributions, an utterly corrupt process run by lobbyists and special interests with no concern for the national interest."

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Read the 4 comments.


CNBC commented on this today:

13,977 projects identified as "Pork" in '05 budget

highway bill: 22.67B

iraq supplemental: 1.13B

'06 Appropriations Bill: $16B

e.g. 230M bridge in Alaska connecting an island of 50 people to the mainland and the residents love the existing ferry.

Mon Sep 19 2005 9:11 AM


oh this makes me sick. is it any wonder we're in such a mess? how can anyone really, truly stop this, it's so out of control?

Mon Sep 19 2005 11:48 AM


"Today's Republicans believe in pork, but they don't believe in government."

Correction - Today's Republican leadership believes in pork, but the base doesn't...

Mon Sep 19 2005 8:06 PM

Tom from Madison:

Today's Republicans are now realizing that they elected an irresponsible criminal. This price to America is too great, even if he is paying ideological dividends.

Wed Sep 21 2005 10:06 AM

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