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OUTRAGED OWL  #2  UPDATE

ORIGINAL RANT #2

My comments are indented, have all caps and are signed throughout the article and are NOT part of the original story- Snow Owl

By Ira Carnahan
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Pork-barrel spending for fiscal 2005 reached a record $27.3 billion, according to CAGW, a 19% increase over last year. While just what counts as "pork" is open to debate--one man's pork being another's essential government service-- CAGW requires that pork meet at least one of seven criteria, e.g., it's not competitively awarded, not subject to congressional hearings, or it serves only a local or special interest. Much of the spending noted by the group is dubious indeed and takes place in the districts or states of powerful members of congressional appropriations committees.

REALLY? WHAT A SURPRISE! IT MUST BE NICE TO HAVE YOUR VERY OWN GOVERNMENTAL TREASURE TROUGH TO FEED OUT OF. – SNOW OWL

Among the "awards" handed out by CAGW this year:

The Halls of Shame Award--for $1.4 million spent on various halls of fame, including $75,000 for the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame and $70,000 for the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame

LET’S SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT. THERE ACTUALLY IS A HALL OF FAME FOR THE PAPER INDUSTRY...INTERNATIONAL EVEN? EXCUSE ME, I HAVE TO GO TO THE CORNER AND CRY A BIT.
SNOW OWL

The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Pork Award--for $100,000 to the Tiger Woods Foundation for "at risk" youth programs in Los Alamitos, Calif.

TIGER WOODS NEEDS A “GIFT” FROM THE GOVERNMENT? THEN AGAIN, THE GOVERNMENT STAYS TRUE TO FORM: $100,000 FOR KIDS AND $2,000,000 TO BUY BACK A BOAT THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE SOLD IN THE FIRST PLACE…DARE I ASK WHAT THE SELLING PRICE WAS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO SELL MORE HISTORY? – SNOW OWL

The Sapping the Taxpayers Award--for $6.3 million spent on wood-use research

SURE, LIKE STAKES FOR VAMPIRES. – SNOW OWL

• The La Pork-a-Racha Award--for $25,000 to the Clark County School District in Nevada to develop a curriculum for the study of mariachi music

OK, YOU CAN PUT THIS ONE IN THE SAME HEAP AS THE STUDIES SOME SCHOOLS HAVE ON BASKET WEAVING AND COMIC BOOK APPRECIATION. – SNOW OWL

• The Fiscal Unfitness Award--for $6.7 million to fund YMCAs

YMCA, YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION. SOOOOOO, THE GOVERNMENT CAN TOSS CASH INTO THE HANDS OF “CHURCH”, BUT THEY CAN’T HAVE STATUARY OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN, ON, OR AROUND THEIR EDIFICES? HMMMMMM. – SNOW OWL

The Pirates on the Potomac Award--for $2 million to buy back the USS Sequoia presidential yacht

ONLY TWO MILLION? MUST HAVE BEEN SOLD BACK BY A PATRIOT! – SNOW OWL

The Hog Heaven Award--for $8.2 million to the Fort Lewis Army Chapel, which offers religious services for Christians, Jews, Muslims--and Wiccans

I AM NOT TOO SURE WHAT TO SAY ABOUT THIS ONE, EXCEPT WONDER, DOESN’T THE ARMY HAVE ITS VERY OWN FULLY PACKED VAULT THAT GETS REFILLED EVERY YEAR? WELL, AND I GUESS THE ADDITION TO “WICCANS” TO THE ABOVE IS GRINDING MY BRAIN TO DUST. – SNOW OWL

The Hogzilla Award--to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) for his $646 million in pork for Alaska

WAY TO GO, BOY! IF YOU READ THE FIRST EDITION OF THIS PORK SUBJECT, I BELIEVE YOU WILL SEE THEY DIDN’T DO TOO BADLY LAST YEAR EITHER! – SNOW OWL

The Flipping the Byrd at the Taxpayers Award--to Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) for his $399 million in pork for West Virginia

There's a lot more questionable spending that wasn't quite bad enough to win an award. Take the $469,000 in taxpayer dollars that went to the National Wild Turkey Federation, which according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture "supports public conservation education, especially that concerning wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport."

Overlapping such pork is the broader category of corporate welfare, which the Cato Institute discusses in its latest Cato Handbook on Policy. Cato defines corporate welfare as "government programs that provide unique benefits or advantages to specific companies or industries." According to Cato, the biggest recipients of this largesse include: the big three auto makers, General Motors (GM), Ford Motor (F) and DaimlerChrysler (DCX), which get handouts to develop new car technology; Boeing (BA), which dines on export subsidies; and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), the king of agricultural and ethanol subsidies.

It turns out some states get much bigger servings of pork, per person, than others. The best-fed is Alaska, which received $985 for every man, woman and child. That's a whopping 30 times the national average. Other states in the top five for pork include Hawaii, West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota. The five states that get the least pork per capita? Texas, California, Georgia, Michigan and North Carolina.

In what areas of the government is pork growing the fastest? CAGW points to homeland security, which saw pork increase 306% this year to $1.7 billion; energy and water, which increased 163% to $1.9 billion; and labor/health and human services, which increased 80% to $1.7 billion.

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