“In the next 16 days, Congress will spend more than $3 trillion in taxpayer money.”

by Duane Lester | September 10, 2009 9:24 pm

For the record, the national debt at the time this was written was $11.7 trillion[1].  It’s higher now, but that doesn’t stop these porkers[2]:

In the next 16 days, Congress will spend more than $3 trillion in taxpayer money. To cover these programs, some Americans will be working up to three hours of each day.

Vast amounts of that money will be spent in the form of earmarks, specially designated pet projects that members of Congress use to bring federal funds back to their home states. Since 44 congressmen make no earmarks at all, that means the rest are doing more than their share. For example, in the House, just 4 percent of members took home 32 percent of all the bacon — and all were members of the Defense Appropriations Committee.

Three porkers mentioned in the article are Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Ha., and Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.  Here’s a few of the projects our taxes will fund.

Inouye wants:

Murtha wants:

And Cochran wants:

Unreal.  There was a time when Senators and Congressmen understood what was Constitutional.  Now, we get Republicans asking for three quarters of a million dollars for an organization that doesn’t exist.

In fact, Cochran is going for a record amount of earmarks this year.  Never before has anyone requested $2.6 billion in one year.

If we do give the Congress back to the Republicans, this type of thing has to be stopped. 

Cross posted at All American Blogger.com.[3]

Endnotes:
  1. $11.7 trillion: http://zfacts.com/p/461.html
  2. that doesn’t stop these porkers: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/09/tracking-taxes-earmark-kings/
  3. All American Blogger.com.: http://www.allamericanblogger.com/8591/in-the-next-16-days-congress-will-spend-more-than-3-trillion-in-taxpayer-money/

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