With a big thank you going out to our elected officials of the 110th House of Representatives for attempting to pass pork and defeat along with the Iraq defense spending bill (link), I found something fun. The site is in German, but the video content speaks for itself.
Concerning the latest stunt by "our Representatives" in the House: If you're not angry, you're not paying enough attention. A short list:
A minimum wage increase
Asbestos abatement in the Capitol Power plant, $50,000,000
Power subsidies for the poor, $200,000,000
Flu outbreak and subsidies for vaccination, $969,650,000
Fish research, $60,400,000
And finally, my favorites, Spinach farmers bailout, $25,000,000
Dairy farmers bailout, $283,000,000
Peanut farmers storage cost offsets (read: bailout), $74,000,000
and lastly, A fish farming bailout of $5,000,000.
Just those totals alone are by my calculations, $1,405,850,000. Out tax dollars being taken by the federal government and spent on private entities. And that was just 10 minutes of digging through this gargantuan bill with over *7000* sections. How things get done in Washington is completely beyond me. Perhaps this is why the government is the way it is now. I digress, however.
Whatever side of the fence you're on, NONE of this $1.4 BILLION dollars is going to finance *ANYTHING* to do with the war, or the fallout thereof. If that's the case, why the hell is this bill (HR1591) called The "U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007"
Guess it turned into a political post after all. This stuff just makes me fume.
edit: They freaking don't have static links to any of the bill stuff. Thanks a lot.