Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Congressional pork spending leaves taxpayers hamstrung

"Our Congress just passed a bill to fund the war in Iraq. The bill provided $80 billion for the war. Few would be opposed to such spending, so our congressmen jumped on the bill and added $20 billion for pork. They added $8 billion for foreign aid -- $1 billion to Turkey, $1 billion to Israel, $700 million for Jordan and millions even to the countries that Bush listed as terrorist havens. On the home front, they added $3.2 billion for airline bailouts, $125 million for more security for Congress, $215 million for agriculture, $5.5 million for the Library of Congress and even $1 million to build a UFO museum. Congress has increased spending by 22 percent in the last two years. We are now $6.5 trillion in debt."

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