Wednesday, December 8, 2010

'Prince of Pork' to be Chief Budget Cutter

This is something else from the "I-ain't-believing-this" department.

Hal Rogers, a thirty-year veteran of Congress, who has brought so much pork home to his district that he has earned the title "Prince of Pork" and whose hometown of Somerset, Kentucky is called "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" due to all the projects he has had funded there, is going to be Chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

"This fiscal year, Rogers sponsored or co-sponsored 50 earmarks totaling $93.4 million, ranking 10th out of the 435 representatives, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan research group that tracks money in politics." (link)

According to Taxpayers for Common Sense he had the fourth most earmarks of any Member of Congress last year. Citizens Against Government Waste listed him as one of its “Oinkers of the Year.”

He has sponsored projects that  give federal funding to his daughter's nonprofit organization, which promotes overseas wildlife protection for cheetahs. Other projects include $17 million in federal dollars for a small  airport that has so little traffic that the last commercial airline pulled out in February.

This is the guy that the Republicans are going to put in charge of ending wasteful spending? Talk about the Fox guarding the hen house. This is an outrage.

Tell me again why we kicked out Democrats and put Republicans in charge. Did Republicans think we were voting for more of the same? I am still disgruntled.

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