There have been some posts in this thread about Federal waste. I'd like to bring member's attention to the pork sneakily stuffed in the bills passed by the federal legislature.
http://www.cagw.org/site/News2?page=...ticle&id=11350In fiscal year 2008, Congress stuffed 11,610 projects (the second highest total ever) worth $17.2 billion into the 12 appropriations bills. That is a 337 percent increase over the 2,658 projects in fiscal year 2007, and a 30 percent increase over the $13.2 billion total in fiscal year 2007. Alaska led the nation with $556 in pork per capita ($380 million total), followed by Hawaii with $221 ($283 million) and North Dakota with $208 ($133 million). CAGW has identified $271 billion in total pork since 1991.
For the first time, the names of members of Congress were added to the projects. The top three porkers were members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, beginning with Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) with $892 million; Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) with $469 million; and Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) with $465 million.
And this is after the 1-23-2007 state of the union address that castigated congress for wasteful earmarks.
Aside from the billions of dollars and sheer number of earmarks, there is all the labor involved to get an earmark inserted into bills.
http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/earmarksFAQMembers of Congress request that earmarks be placed in particular bills. The language used is often written by lobbyists who have been hired to obtain the federal funding for a project from a particular legislator. , Some members of Congress offer online “Appropriations Request Forms” where an earmark-seeker can send their request for funds directly to the member’s office. But for most this is still a highly secretive process.
Now if only our representatives put as much effort into things that really matter, ie, the economy, the Iraq War, infrastructure repair and enforcing laws already on the books.
Unfortunately, the only jokers who constantly stand up for election are the same idiots who take 2 weeks to decide to build a fence and 6 months to pick the color.