Dear Mr President and Congress

@laglen (19783)
United States
December 15, 2010 8:30am CST
With the feeling of urgency to pass the tax cut bill. Tax cuts to create jobs, extending unemployment to help Americans through a tough winter with out jobs. This is what we are getting in this $1.1 TRILLION dollar spending bill. [i]“In the short time I’ve had to review this massive piece of legislation – I’ve identified approximately 6,488 earmarks totaling nearly $8.3 billion. Here is a small sample: $277,000 for potato pest management in Wisconsin $246,000 for bovine tuberculosis in Michigan and Minnesota $522,000 for cranberry and blueberry disease and breeding in New Jersey $500,000 for oyster safety in Florida $349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina $413,000 for peanut research in Alabama $247,000 for virus free wine grapes in Washington $208,000 beaver management in North Carolina $94,000 for blackbird management in Louisiana $165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont $235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada $100,000 for the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage Visitor’s Center in New York $300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii $400,000 for solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas http://drudgereport.com/flash2n.htm[/i] Isnt this what we voted against??
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@anniepa (26629)
• United States
17 Dec 10
Senator Reid just pulled the Omnibus Spending bill, apparently caving in to the threats of DeMented and others. Don't misunderstand, I'm not defending these ridiculous earmarks but I think many people don't really understand what an "earmark" is. I also think many have no idea that some of those who yell the loudest about earmarks actually are the same people who asked for some of the most as well as most expensive ones. Annie
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
17 Dec 10
I agree with you Annie. And good to point out that earmarks, the way they are being used these days, are a virus that hits both sides of the aisle.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
16 Dec 10
This is why we voted them out of office. For the ones that were not on the ballot listen or leave.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
16 Dec 10
Clearly our message wasnt clear enough.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
15 Dec 10
As you already know, I'm opposed to this "compromise". The "jackas*es" didn't get the message in November, that's obvious. The Republicans should never have "shook hands" on this deal. Strike one against the Republicans and they're not even in power...
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
16 Dec 10
I agree, it was one thing when it was just two things.... Now it is getting out of hand.