Keep On — Piggin’ On

By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2011)

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The Rio Grande Foundation (RGF) and Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) publish a little booklet about pork in New Mexico.  And while the booklet is small, the pork information found within the booklet is anything but tiny.  Both RGF and CAGW are equal opportunity squealers and seem not to care whose pork they roast.  Every year in every state, and in our federal seat of government, pork flies out the doors of the capital and into the wallow of dubious projects, errant earmarks and pay to play schemes.  New Mexico has seen a tub full of stimulus money … some used judiciously, some wasted.  Pork projects keep getting fatter, while the ink to print money we do not have may soon become invisible, just like the means to beat our deficit into a surplus.

Thanks to the RGF and CAGW for having the energy and dedication to publish this booklet and for making it available to the public at no cost.  Here’s a link to the 2011 New Mexico Piglet Book and here’s a link to the New Mexico Watchdog piece.  The New Mexico Watchdog (NMW) blog is affiliated with the RGF.

Thanks and flap of the cap to the RGF, CAGW and NMW.  Follow any links below for more information.

To Fat To Fly - by D. Raskin

Petty Silliness Promoted To Sublime Pomposity — Just Cleave It

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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How do you explain the absolute silliness of a massive congressional earmark if it is indescribable in ordinary terms?  Sublime pomposity?  Criminal ignorance and disrespect  for the money and resources of others?  Perhaps all of the forgoing would be appropriate.  A $49 billion  earmark seems a bit gigantic to me and I hope to the rest of you taxpaying citizens.  Can we just cut to the story of the congressman who has the audacity to defend such an earmark … “Yes we can!”  I know we have all heard those last three words, but I do not believe we were prepared to interpret them as our acquiescence to blatant robbery by a congress member.  Here’s the story — at least part of it.  From The Southeast Missourian and columnist Mike Jensen:

Rep. Cleaver has proposed a $48 billion earmark

When absurdity gives way to hilarity, you must be talking about politics.

In the midst of a colossal global concern for the economic stability of our great nation, Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri’s 5th Congressional District representative, has one small earmark on his wish list that deserves some attention.

Cleaver has listed a new earmark — one of several — and he promises to “fight for every one.” But this is a whopping $48 billion package that must go down as the grandaddy of all earmarks.

Proposed by a gentleman named Lamar Mickens, president of the not-for-profit Quality Day Campus, the $48 billion earmark would funnel money into the inner cities to give money to the poor and thereby produce a much larger consumer class to buy the goods and services produced in this country.

Just call this redistribution on steroids.

Cleaver’s office says this of the proposal:

“The Epicenter is a proposed estimated $48 billion (Phase One) mass scale urban reclamation project for combating, reducing, reversing and/or eliminating poverty within under served communities by utilizing mass scale economic redevelopment to bring about stability and self reliance.”

This thing just gets sillier and borders on stupid.  Here is a link to the rest of Jensen’s story.  PAY ATTENTION NOW — LOOK BELOW!

The story as Mr. Jensen wrote it seems not true.  Here is a follow-up to Jensen’s story, also from The Southeast Missourian, written by another author (Scott Moyer) :

Kansas City, Mo., Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is defending himself today to the national media, saying a Southeast Missouri columnist’s article that claims he was trying to seek $48 billion in federal funding for an inner-city revitalization project is false.”I think it would be hilarious if thousands of people did not believe it,” said Cleaver, who is serving his third term representing the Fifth District of Missouri in the House of Representatives. “It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever experienced in my years in politics.”

It began on Wednesday, when a column by Michael Jensen of Sikeston ran in the Southeast Missourian, asserting that Cleaver proposed a $48 billion earmark for a project called the Epicenter, an urban reclamation project for revitalizing low-income areas in Kansas City’s inner city.

The project is one of 127 proposals that were submitted to Cleaver via his website earlier this year for fiscal year 2011, which were posted on his website. But he posts every proposal he receives from constituents, he said, and not those that he actually chooses to send to Congressional appropriations committees.

So a sensational story has the kibosh put to it, by all things, an accurate story (we hope.)  We can read the rest of the “accurate” story and see that the congressman still loves pork bellies, pig tails and pig earmarks … just not to the extent to which he was accused by Mr. Jensen and others who ran with the original non-story that made a story in itself.  Here’s a link the rest of the revelatory piece by  Mr. Moyers.

While the above may or may not make a decent story, it should give any writer pause to consider sources and their veracity.  Something I have neglected on occasion as my friends and enemies can attest.

Below is a link which might help explain what Congressman Cleaver’s earmarks were, and what they were not.   But, with a name like “Cleaver,” surely the congressman can find an ear or two in need of marking for a butcher job:

Congressman Cleaver’s Earmarks

Here’s more and don’t forget the links toward the bottom of the page:

Republican earmarks do exist along with other Democrats, and Independents

Will The Tea Party Continue To Resist Pork Rinds With Their Scones

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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The Tea Party‘s clarion call had as a major component, opposition to political pork, or as some know it, earmark legislation, or hitchhiking for dollars on the back of regular legislation.   The ordinary folks driving the Tea Party and its opposition to government waste and schemes that have served to bring us to the brink of economic ruin, made no bones about their belief than this administration and the United States congress have betrayed the wishes of the people over the last two years and yes,  even before.  The pork train isn’t short, and it is not, slow to grow as we  know.

Conservatives and so-called conservatives were sent the message that contained the dis-satisfaction of a great number of citizens and those in office and those just elected to office should have heard the message loud and clear.  It looks as if some did and some need hearing aids.  The Washington Examiner has carried several stories over the recent past where the reporter wondered if the main-stream Republicans actually received the message.  It seems some were found lacking in their understanding of the message.  This latest article from yesterday  by Susan Ferrichio speaks to ultimatums on tax cuts and spending bills which serve as warning to the liberal Democrats and not so liberal Progressives, but nothing about earmarks since this on 11/16/10.:  Of course responsible spending cuts in any area of the federal budget are a wonder to see, but we’ll have to wait for the process which is supposed to stop earmarks to find if anyone in the marble halls really listened on November 2, 2010.

Oh, in the interest of telling more of the story, here’s a little piece about the Tea Party Caucus which has nothing to do with the hoi polloi of the Tea Party movement.  Seems the Tea Party Caucus took an ear or two off of a porker or two:

Tea Party Caucus Members’ Ears

Some will no doubt say, “That was then, this is now.”  As always, don’t forget the links below.