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The W - Current Events & Politics - Earmarks - what your congress is buying for us
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Since: 28.1.02
From: Louisville, KY

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John McCain is taking the William Proxmire role and telling us the wasteful spending in the congress

Just a few:
$3.6 million for Coast Guard Operations Systems Center in West Virginia
$900,000 for the City of Whitefish Emergency Operations Center in Whitefish, MT (Population: 6700)
$165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont.
$5 million for a research station in Hawaii to study agriculture practices in the Pacific (Most expensive earmark in this bill)
$500,000 to the National Wild Turkey Federation in Nebraska
$819,000 for catfish genome research in Alabama
$1 million for the Performance Assessment Institute in Nevada
$1.2 mil 4 rat eradication @ Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (5 sq mile island occupied by a few scientists studying coral reef)
$2.5 million for a wastewater treatment plant in Moorefield, WV (population of 2,375) $1,000 subsidy of per person.
$250,000 for “Turtle Observer Funding”
$300,000 for Texas A&M Univ for “Texas Height Modernization”

Yeah. This is crazy stuff and there's a lot more. This came from a McCain tweet today

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Since: 8.10.03
From: flyover country

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Yes, the government wastes money but Proxmire became an idiot about this and McCain is in danger of doing so also.

Many items which seem stupid aren't. For example the rat eradication program. They have no natural enemies on an atoll such as this (introducing cats would make things worse)and decimate native populations of birds and mammals. if 1.4 million controls tham and they keep them off, its a bargain.

I remember Proxmire ridiculing a study on the mating habits of some beetle. Well it was a destructive beetle, they figured out the mating habits and a way to help control them.

The point is, some stupid sounding things aren't and cheap pub at the expense of something important is really moronic whether you are red or blue

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That's sort of the point. I don't want judges from EITHER extreme on the bench. I'd rather have ten good ones from the middle than a hundred thrown out there because they tend to rule in favor of the party in power.
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