The Washington Post goes on to report what didn't get included in the final version. The first item to make an overdue exit, Trent Lott's Moveable Railroad, got left out and saved taxpayers $700 million. The committee didn't appear very sympathetic to funding a new railroad right next to the existing line the government just spent $250 million repairing. Also gone from Mississippi porkfests was the obnoxious Northrup bailout, contributing $200 million in savings. In the end, the committee trimmed $13.5 billion from the Senate's bloated budget-buster, or roughly $45 for every man, woman, and child this year.
Take the family out for a nice meal, and leave a tip. Have the pork roast; I'm sure it will be delicious.
This shows that we can have an effect on earmarks and the politicians addicted to them, as long as we remain vigilant.
Friday, June 09, 2006
The Power of Blogging
I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Republicans running the Congress have been spending the people's money like drunken sailors in a Southeast Asian port. However, it looks like an online community collective known as the Porkbusters can claim a victory: