How Pork Corrupts

I’ve blogged before on how pork corrupts our government. It is the currency by which Congress buys and sells influence, and influences people – us. It’s easy to think that the recipients are businesses (sub-gendre large, military contractors; sub-sub-gendre Haliburton), or friends of the powerful (sub-gendre son-in-law). But that’s not always the case. Sen. Jim DeMint tells us where two million went in the 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

Over $2 million was secretly tucked away for Berkeley earmarks in the 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill, projects that were never voted on or debated.I do not believe a city that has turned its back on our country’s finest deserves $2 million worth of pork-barrel projects. So, I will introduce legislation to revoke the funding.

Included in the $2 million worth of pork are some particularly wasteful projects.

You gotta love earmarks. DeMint knows which end is the carrot and which end is the stick.

Actions have consequences. When the Berkeley City Council decided to insult the Marines in a time of war, it was a $2 million decision. Especially in a time of war, we cannot just allow cities to play insulting games at our troops’ expense while continuing to shower them with congressional favors.

H/T to Michelle Malkin.

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