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Stop wasting our money congress!!!!

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  1. Becky Stevens mom

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    We would probably have plenty of money to spend on, oh I dont know, healthcare reform if our legislators would stop spending our hard earned money on things like this:

    $1.75 million for animal waste research at the University of Missouri and Purdue University

    $1 million for a dinosaur exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History


    $22.5 million to the East/West Center, North/South Center (no longer funded) and the Asia Foundation



    1.5 million to refurbish the Vulcan Statue in Birmingham, Alabama (increased to $2 million in 2002)

    $1.4 million for the Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center and the Cochran Fellowship Program - appropriated by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi)

    $25 million for the International Fund for Ireland

    $50,000 for a tattoo removal program in San Luis Obispo, California:eek:

    Another $2 million grant to refurbish that Vulcan Statue in Birmingham, Alabama:(

    $202,500 for the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, Alabama

    $250,000 for a National Preschool Anger Management Project ("What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel?"):mad:

    $9.5 million for "wood research"

    $2.25 million for Shakespeare-related projects

    $2.2 million for projects to benefit North Pole, Alaska -- and its 1,570 residents

    $200,000 for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:cool:

    $50 million for an indoor rainforest in Coralville, Iowa

    $25,000 for the Clark County, Nevada School District for curriculum development to study mariachi music:confused:

    $75,000 for the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame and $70,000 for the Paper Industry Hall of Fame (tax exempt)

    $100,000 for the Tiger Woods Foundation

    $100,000 for the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center Museum (home of Groundhog Day)

    $1 million for a Waterfree Urinal Conservation Initiative:confused:

    $13.5 million for the International Fund for Ireland, including funds for the World Toilet Summit:confused:


    $500,000 for the Sparta Teapot Museum in Sparta, North Carolina (I'm an expensive little teapot?")

    $550,000 for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

    $211,509 for olive fruit fly research in Paris, France

    $148,950 for the Montana Sheep Institute

    $98,000 to develop a walking tour of Boydton, Virginia

    $196,000 to renovate the historic downtown Las Vegas Post Office

    $1.9 million for a water taxi service to Pleasure Beach, Connecticut - population 0:mad:

    $1.8 million in swine odor and manure management research in Ames Iowa:p

    These expenditures occured from 2000-2009 I think we can all agree that this is disgusting! as disgusting as the swine odor and manure management that they spent $1.8 million on.

    And not that this concerns me as Im not a republican but if the RNC wants people to keep donating to them they should probably stop spening thousands of dollars on taking their cronies out to bondage style porn clubs, just a thought;)

    And before you say anything, I realize that this BS is done by democrats as well as republicans but it needs to stop. We are wasting too much money on pet projects like these while children go to bed hungry at night.

    This is the link where the info above came from:
    http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/federalbudgetprocess/a/porkdecade.htm
     
  2. Brensdad

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    I don't even want to know...:eek:
     
  3. Becky Stevens mom

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    Montana, where men are men and sheep are scared:D
     
  4. Michelle'sMom

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    You sure about that that location Becky?

    Several years ago the government funded an air quality study in Lubbock TX. I can't remember the total cost but it was ridiculous. The findings: West TX (where we're famous for our 60 mph sandstorms) has poor air quality.
     
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    HA! I'm from Lubbock, and I remember that study. The EPA was going to fine the city something along the lines of $100k because it was "dusty." I think it quietly went away.
     
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    Maybe the money would have been better spent on planting trees. You know, because there are none there and it would have cut down on the wind/dust.
     
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    good grief, some of this stuff is so stupid it makes me go :eek:.
     
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    Yeah, the location is probably correct. Iowa State University is in Ames, and it's the ag college in Iowa.
     
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    What?! You got something against Mr. Spock! :D
     
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    Forgot the smiley on my post. I was being facetious. I thought surely a study of swine odor & manure management would take place in Washington DC;).
     
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    Note how I erased the things that really aren't needed IMO. I mean, you just need to research a little, one thing at a time people. If no one lives there you don't have to renovate it or anything. If people want a walking tour, they can go with someone who lives there. I mean, who really needs to see an old post office? Not me. Majority of the things I thought should extremely be removed, I did. Thats what? Enough to feed the hungry for a while.
    If my post is confusing, I apologize. I'm on the verge of throwing up.
     
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    Yeah, but who needs trees, right?

    I see it's the same everywhere.;)
     
  13. Karenwith4

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    But we don't know what the story is behind a lot of this.
    Fruit fly research is used in medical research and has lead to advances in autism care. There's a blog post here.

    The North Pole projects could be anything from infrastructure to a research station to relocation initiatives because of melting ice roads.
    I agree with Becky that there is quite likely significant fat to be cut from the budget. I'm just saying that if we want to demand our politicians stop using talking points, then we need to too.
     
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    The source may not be accurate. For example, the indoor rainforest in Coralville, Iowa was never built and the project was abandoned. Sometimes the name of a project is humorous, or seems trivial, but there is a serious problem behind it. The smell of hog-confinement facilities can be so bad that it drops property values for miles around, this can cost property owners millions of dollars - especially in residential areas. Similarly, animal waste is a huge source of groundwater contamination. So some of these projects may be legitimate - in spite of the funny names.

    Don't know about that Vulcan statue though.

    Chuck
     
  15. Becky Stevens mom

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    Maybe how to live long and prosper Chuck ;)
     
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    o.o, I left what I thought could be mildly interesting xD I apologize, I was coming down with a fever.
     
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    Actually, all of these special interests and such is how they get the votes to pass bills, such as the stimulus bill and health care reform. A lot of congressmen/women use the money as a campaign tactic "hey, I got this district $xxxx, you should vote for me so that I can help our area more," etc... They definitely are ridiculous though. When something is definitely going to pass, no questions asked, the bill is FILLED with pork because they know it will pass. In the Patriot Act a representative from Alaska put in a provision for $$ for the protection of halibut fisherman. And of course the Rep for Houston and part of the area around it, the illustrious Sheila Jackson-Lee gets all kinds of $$ for the oddest things. I think one of the weirdest is that she got several hundred thousand for the research and production of a lighter form of concrete :rolleyes:.
     
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    I know about Vulcan, I'm from B'ham. :)

    The renovation of the statue was/still is a great thing for the city. I know it could be argued that the portion of funding provided by congress could have/should have come from somewhere else, but, hey what can I say... I'm a bit biased about the importance of the old man.

    A little info, from everyone's favorite source (Wikipedia), for those that don't have a clue who/what Vulcan is:

    The Vulcan statue is the largest cast iron statue in the world, and is the city symbol of Birmingham, Alabama, reflecting its roots in the iron and steel industry. The 56-foot (17 m) tall statue depicts the Roman god Vulcan, god of the fire and forge. It was created as Birmingham's entry for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 World's Fair) in St. Louis, Missouri. It is the seventh-tallest free-standing statue in the United States.[2]
     

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