Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Busy at work but...

How does anyone justify some of these earmarks: $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa; $2 million "for the promotion of astronomy" in Hawaii; $6.6 million for termite research in New Orleans; $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York," [McCain] said.

I don't really care for Mr. McCain. I didn't vote for him. But good for him. Where is that change?

..and back to work.


Melissa L. Gaffney said...

These are pretty much ridiculous. I'd like to hear the justification (a LOGICAL one) for pig odor research.

But, to be the devil's advocate: Do you really think earmarks like this wouldn't have existed under a McCain/Palin administration? Just saying.

Chris said...

I think those earmarks would've been there under McCain/Palin. What wouldn't have been there were the 900 bil stimulus and 1.75 trillion budget deficit.

And James, if not McCain, you voted for Obama?

James Hogan said...

I don't think it would be at all different. Maybe the wasted spending would be on something different or worded in some other way, but at the end of the day there would certainly be as much wasted spending, which is the problem with a two party system where both parties do and say the same exact things masked under slightly different words and projects.

If I might venture a guess - part of the "problem" with "change" is that change requires a deviation from the norm - ie - electing a guy like Ron Paul, or Ralph Nader, or Bob Barr or maybe even Wesley Clark - people who are really doing and saying something different.

No worries... I'll complain about the spending, but I'll still just continue to pay my taxes like a good boy and take advantage of the wonderful public transportation system, public park system, etc. Somehow, someway things are moving on, despite the odds.

James Hogan said...

Chris, I suppose you can look at it that way. I voted for a column other than R or D - which for most Republican is the same as voting for a D - but I'm not convinced that my vote for an R in NJ counts too much anyhow. :/

Eric Sedler said...

Actually I doubt those earmarks would have been there under a McCain administration. Sure Congress would have put them there, but McCain would have vetoed it without a doubt.

Say whatever you want about McCain, but he hates earmarks. And I mean, really hates them, with a passion. He would have made the pig odor author famous by now...it's embarassing.

Melissa L. Gaffney said...

It's very embarrassing, no doubt. But if they weren't earmarks, they would have been labeled or hidden as something else.

I agree with you about the two-party system, Jim. It's messed up until that "rogue" comes along — and even then, it's chancy.