You've all heard about the controversial "emergency spending bill" for Iraq passed by Congress this week that provides $122 billion in spending but calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops starting next year.
Here's what you didn't hear or read about it in the national news:
"Last week, these pork-barrel spenders in the U.S. House of Representatives outdid themselves. Not only did they decide that they will dictate the future course of our military action in , they went even further by "buying" the extra votes necessary to pass this terrible, flawed legislation by adding more than $20 billion in wasteful spending. This bill would fund things like $74 million for peanut storage, $124 million for the shrimp industry and $25 million for spinach producers. What this funding is doing in an emergency war spending bill is a complete mystery to me!"
Mike Spence spoke out on the House floor about it. Here's his take:
"This emergency war funding bill provides for $124.3 billion in spending, all of which has been designated as some form of emergency spending so as to avoid budget constraints.
"However, only $111.3 billion is actual emergency spending for the Global War on Terror.
"The remaining $13 billion is domestic spending. This amount exceeds the $6.5 billion rainy day fund that Republicans worked so hard last year to include in the budget, and in fact most of this $13 billion will not go toward meeting true emergency spending needs at all.
"Spinach, shrimp, peanuts and shellfish? That's not a war funding bill, that's the salad bar at Denny's."
Admittedly, Republicans did nothing to get rid of earmarks when they had the power. But, Democrats beat the Republicans at their own game in November by saying they'd dial down government spending and get rid of waste. Didn't take long for them to become proven liars, did it?
John McCain is/was/and has been the strongest voice in Congress about wasteful government spending. Won't you consider joining him today?