Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Year of the Pig

From a telescope that searches for space aliens to improving the shelf-life of vegetables -- the 109th Congress racked up $13.2 billion in pork barrel spending for this year -- the Chinese Year of the Pig.

Those numbers come from Citizens Against Government Waste in their annual "Pig Book" detailing pork projects. Those are special interest items slipped into the budget without debate.

Among the things CAGW found you're paying for:

  • $1.35 million to study obesity in soldiers

  • $1.65 million to research ways of extending vegetables' shelf lives

  • $5.5 million to the Ernest Gallo Clinic & Research Center to study the effects of drugs and alcohol

Could've been worse than the $13.2 billion. Last year, CAGW found $29 billion in pork.

But the GOP controlled Congress only passed two of the 11 budget bills they were supposed to before their term ended in January. When Democrats took control, they slashed the remaining earmarks to get spending down. (Reuters)

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