The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Congress: Pelosi's prime pork, Reid blows his trumpet
There's naturally been some talk in DEWDROP circles about the coronation of centrist, anti-abortion Harry Reid of Nevada as new Senate minority leader .
But, lest they get carried away with the comparison with his liberal House counterpart, Human Events has compiled a list of the pork snaffled from the trough by the snout of Rep Nancy Pelosi, including
• $2,123,000: Restore schooner C.A. Thayer
The which item, considering the fuss made about the couple of million allocated for Bush's yacht, one can't help feeling to be a tad unfortunate, presentation-wise.
In Pelosi's defence - a defence I would love to hear her make, by the way! - the total cost of these earmarks (around $15 billion a year, from memory) is chicken-feed compared to the total Federal budget. (Though huge in relation to campaign contributions - which these projects, in effect, are. Who says there's no public funding for American elections?!)
The big-ticket corruption comes with corporate state expenditure: defence procurement is the model, with the cost-plus contract (however that's dressed up) involving an effective partial nationalisation. And the model is modified and expanded to areas like Medicare (the prescription benefit) and social security privatisation (if Bush gets his way).
Guess who was on the list of those who broke the filibuster of the Medicare bill  twelve months ago?
Step forward, Harry Cœur de Lion!
Exactly how hard is he going to fight social security privatisation, I wonder?
The two big ones for the CA Thayer aren't the first: last year, Pelosi was trumpeting $4.2m for the tub won in the 2003 raffle, to add to $4.6m and $1m in 2001 and 2002 respectively. Making a declared total for Nancy's Ark of just under $12 million!
Human Events turns out to be published by none other that - Eagle Publishing, who - piece yesterday - also distribute Bob Novak's tip-sheet.
It's a jungle out there...
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