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.

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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.

Mr. Rangel Pops The Question

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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According to the Sunlight Foundation (Foundation) Mr. Rangel seeks to let his electorate know whether he is honest or corrupt.  In so many words that is the answer he seeks.  It would seem that Mr. Rangel could reveal the answer and be done with the plot caused by his alleged wandering from the course expected of elected officials. Found just below is an excerpted video provided by the Foundation:

Paul Blumenthal wrote a few lines to illustrate how fleas stick to a dog’s back:

He also, for what may have been the first time, admitted that he broke House rules and apologized. He followed up his apology with a tirade against the notion that he was involved in anything corruption.

“Corruption!” he yelled incredulously while stating the ethics committee did not detail one act of corruption committed by him.
That is what a lawyer of any pedigree is wont to do.  Make fun of the accusers and gain their sympathy and approbation before it all ends.  Well, gravel-voiced and rock-steady didn’t surprise.  He came right though as a true shyster does:
His speech ended with a standing ovation from his peers on both sides of the aisle.
There’s little more to read after you just read about a grand scheme scam and you and your fellow Americans have just been flummoxed in the grandest of ways by a pack of professional courtesy schemers.  Political Bosses have not grasped the will to change; nor, will they ever.
And Republicans gave him a standing ovation … to be expected, of course.  There’s little more to see or hear from Mr. Blumenthal, but try here.
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When Is Stimulated Really Simulated

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Our economy is supposed to benefit from so-called stimulus funds, but when stimulus funds wasted through simulation?  ABC NEWS/Politics in an article by JONATHAN KARL and GREGORY SIMMONS reports:

As the midterm election season approaches, new road signs are popping up everywhere – millions of dollars worth of signs touting “The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act” and reminding passers-by that the program is “Putting America Back to Work.” reports that sometime the line is not clear when it comes to advertising for stimulus fund announcements:

There is a 10′ x 11′ sign celebrating a Dulles Airport project and for the price paid for the sign, it should have celebratory candles and a song for passers-by to see and hear:

However, there’s another number that caught the eye of ABC News: $10,000. That’s how much money the Washington Airports Authority tells ABC News it spent to make and install the sign – a single sign – announcing that the project is “Funded by The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act” and is “Putting America Back to Work.” The money for the sign was taken out of the budget for the runway improvement project.

Costing nearly 15 million, ABC says the project created 17 jobs.  Additionally, a spokeswoman for the United States Department of Transportation gives the following as a best guess estimate on how much money meant for highway projects has been spent for signs announcing the projects:

In response to questions by ABC News, Jill Zuckman of the Department of Transportation said, “The best estimate is that states have spent about $5 million of the $28 billion spent on road projects on signs – or less than .02 percent of overall project spending.”

The article, as we might imagine, contains criticism on the spending for signs from several Republicans and ridicule from some Democrats for the Republican criticism.  It really is all very jolly and nonsensical though, when we stop wrestling and admit that we are advertising to the general public that our governments advertises they are spending our money … somehow I bet we know that.

The whole blasted mess, all two pages, can be read by clicking here.  Of course, New Mexico has enjoyed reading Governor Richardson’s GRIP signs for almost eight years.  It may be very nice to lose that GRIP at the end of his term.

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Just When You Thought You’d Seen It All

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009).

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A drunk United States Senator tries to excoriate Republicans for their lack of support on the so-called health care bill. The man should probably resign his position. Failing that, he should be censored and compelled to seek treatment. Oh, his name? Max Baucus (D-Mont).

We deserve more than people who cannot control their consumption of alcohol or other substances. See for yourself:

Drunken Senator

I’m really surprised he didn’t “hurl” all over the Senate floor. Hopefully C-SPAN will guard this video and make sure it doesn’t disappear.

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The Pieces Of Pig

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009).

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We’re talking about the pieces of pig in the Senate Health Bill which will serve to further satiate the bribed congressional members as us old people finish our emaciated Christmas turkey. The attached video is nothing, if not an illustration, of the consternation and fear felt by the Grey Foxes.

Meanwhile we receive emails from our so-called caring lawmakers about this wonderful bunch of turkey giblets they have crafted into a turkey loaf.  The “You Tube” video just below, along with the article from BigGovernment accompanying it, will offer further explanation. Click on the link, watch the video; then read the article.

Merry Christmas From the United States Senate.

Turkey On, Seniors!

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A Precursor On Christmas Eve

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The vote turned out to be 60 for and 39 against, but not before Sir Harry cast a vote that was half theater and half tragedy. Perhaps his initial vote was to show his true feelings for the albatross that mucked the Senate floor and still hangs from Reid’s neck. In the end, we can say he didn’t have the strength of character to retain his “no” vote and for a brief moment he demonstrated how great a charlatan he is. With 59 fellow Democrats, he has sufficient company.

Here’s a story regarding the final (for now) process. The Republicans? McConnell says it is not over and the fight continues.

I think it is a case of, “Never have so many been lied to by so few.” At least one organization and some Republican Attorneys General have announced that there will be a challenge to the bill on constitutional grounds.

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Reid Silenced By Trap And Raid

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009)

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It was pre-destined. All that pent-up angst bloating Senator Harry Reid was thought to be a part of global gas that would be a danger to humankind the world over. Well, we can hope, can’t we? It has almost happened with his latest pronouncements calling-out Republicans and their opposition to his health shill bill. Republicans and moderate Democrats have prevented Reid (up to this point) from realizing his dream of killing the fatted calf to celebrate the passage of  the gaseous health bill. Calling them out and likening them to “supporters of slavery” and more is Reid’s childish attempt at turning opinion toward being in favor of the health bill.

Here’s a bit of the story as reported by Fox News:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday, comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago.

The Nevada Democrat, in a sweeping set of accusations on the Senate floor, also compared health care foes to those who opposed women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement — even though it was Sen. Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat, who unsuccessfully tried to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and it was Republicans who led the charge against slavery.

Leave it to Reid to blame everything, save common sense, as being responsible for the slowdown of the health bill’s slim chance of passage as it is now constituted. You can read and hear more of his almost puppy dog affection for the bill and while you are at it, perhaps you might want to digest this article (Wall Street Journal) … the articles, joined by their inference or reference to gas and the cost to carry out each are a monument to the lack of common sense displayed by Reid.

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Administration Said To Attack Economy Naysayers

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009).

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Friday, October 30th, CNBC‘s Lawrence Kudlow had three guests that more or less (in a nice way) savaged the administration’s report on the stimulus and  alleged improvement in the economy.

Kudlow and crowd also discussed the administration’s attempt to turn the attack toward one or more of the guests.

The show runs just over ten minutes as each guest and Kudlow take their turns at the microphone. You might try to pick up on the streaming ticker to see some interesting ‘factoids”.

Here’s the video, just click it

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Another Sorry Piggy Story

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009).

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The Washington Times (WT) recently published a three-part article on how pork has affected the military budget. The WT tells of members of Congress from both major parties raiding portions of the defense budget for pet projects that are not wanted or needed by the military.

According to the WT, this not the first time such huge amounts have moved out of the military budgets and the article indicates that Congress has carved out pork funds for many years, with 2002 being the year that this present dredging of bucks started.

President Obama and members of Congress were to get a handle on this gross inappropriateness, but it looks as though all they have really managed is to clasp their gnarly mitts on the handle of the pork barrel.

Here’s the story from WT … read it and upchuck throw up PORK

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