Omnibus Bill: Nearly 2,000 Pages of Pork

The Omnibus Bill is a fine reminder that our work didn’t end in Nov. 2010. The Heritage Foundation has a rundown of some of the pork in the bill here.

Here are a few examples of the garbage they found in the bill:

  • $450,000 for the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa;  (If it’s a world food prize, why isn’t the world funding it?)
  • $500,000 for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston; (Mary Jo K. couldn’t be reached for comment on this sad statement)
  • $100,000 for YouthCare in Seattle; (?)
  • $550,000 to rehabilitate Beacham Street in Massachusetts; (If it isn’t important enough for the people of Massachusetts to rehab, why should it be rehabbed?)
  • $300,000 to renovate the Josephine Bakhita House in Wilmington, Delaware; (ditto)
  • $150,000 to renovate the Tibbits Opera House in Michigan; (ditto)
  • $500,000 for streetscaping in Porter County, Indiana; (ditto)
  • $200,000 to install solar panels at the Community Food Bank, Inc., in Arizona; (solar panels are a government boondoggle. There’s no reason for the government to give lots of tax rebates to make them economical, and then install them to boot.)
  • $700,000 to reconstruct Norwood Drive in Pennsylvania; (again, if the people of Pennsylvania aren’t willing to pay to “reconstruct” Norwood Drive–wherever that is–why should anyone else?  And I say that as a lifetime Pennsylvanian.)
  • $500,000 for Denver Bike Sharing; (Huh?)
  • There’s lots more in the Heritage Foundation story.

There’s also this from Fox News:

$10 million for the “John P. Murtha Foundation”

It is particularly galling that Murtha, the king of pork (can the Jack Murtha airport, which costs taxpayers thousands for every person who flies through there, be shut down now that he’s dead?) is still gathering the pork from the grave.

Byron York has a good column breaking down the biggest Congressional offenders in the Washington Examiner.

More from Fox News: Revolt: Republicans Angry About Omnibus Spending Bill Decry “Total Mess”

And here’s a rundown from

Time to get back on the phones!




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