The Hill presents a piece on Pork today. In it, they clearly show that the House Appropriations Committee is Un-American. It does not give out money based on performance, which is the great American way. It does not give out money based on need, the great Moral imperative behind most governing. No, it gives out money based on...politics.
Specifically, it rations out money to those Republican House members that are in the most danger of losing their seat. Not only is pork spending bad for our economy, it is bad for our morale, as much needed projects get trashed because legislators who have drawn the ire of their constituents want money to bribe cooperation or silence in November. This is Un-American, we are the home of the American dream, which is that hard work and determination will see you to success and allow the next generation to be better off. To those on the Appropriations committee, like Charles Taylor, pork spending is the equivalent of the graft needed to pass checkpoints in many Fascist countries. He quietly sticks out his hand and looks the other way as the dirty money is slipped into his greasy paw. How bad is it?
In the Labor-HHS-Education bill for fiscal year 2007, more than $146 million in hometown projects is reserved for appropriators’ districts, placing roughly 30 percent of the earmarked money in the hands of 15 percent of the House members.
The eight endangered appropriators – Northup, Reps. Don Sherwood (R-Pa.), Jim Walsh (R-N.Y.), Charles Taylor (R-N.C.), John Doolittle (R-Calif.), John Sweeney (R-N.Y.), Chet Edwards (D-Texas) and Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) – average $2.76 million per district.
Bringing home the pork is immoral. It is not based on need, but is based on the ability to stomach having your hands greased with unearned money at the expense of those in need. For the party that is supposed to be in favor of a decentralized government, these unearned payments are an abomination.