I THINK IT’S TIME

I tell you and you forget, I teach you and you remember, I involve you and you understand.

The Author

I think it is time we Americans play Robin Hood.  I say, “We tax the rich and release the poor.  Why don’t we tax the Presidential plane?  You know Air Force One every time it makes a trip anywhere.  Oh, I know let’s tax every party or event that is put on in the White house.  Let’s tax congress and United Nations and General Assembly and put that money into coffers of the middle class worker.”  You know the ones that work 40 hours a week and don’t make enough to pay their bills, and always seem to slip through the cracks as far as help goes for them.  They work for peanuts and never seem to get ahead.  Not the ones that are not working and just looking for a Government hand out.

Are the rich that give substantially to the poor getting enough tax breaks to make it worth their while?  I say, “If they are giving contributions to help that middle class worker get a leg up that’s where they should get a huge tax break.  If they are giving to programs that don’t help our society, like save the whales.  Is that Whale going to be a productive member of our society?”

Get rid of these luxuries for congressional spending.  You know Pork Barrel spending.  Here are some examples.  Do your own research and find more.

$6 million to upgrade the two-block long Senate subway.
$350,000 to renovate the House Beauty Salon.
$250,000 to study TV lighting in the Senate meeting rooms.
$130,000 for a Congressional video-conferencing project.

Total: $6,730,000

$3.1 million to convert a ferry boat into a crab restaurant in Baltimore.
$6.4 million for a Bavarian ski resort in Kellogg, Idaho.
$13 million to repair a privately owned dam in South Carolina.
$4.3 million for a privately owned museum in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
$11 million for a private pleasure boat harbor in Cleveland.
$6 million to repair tracks owned by the Soo Railroad Line.
$320,000 to purchase President McKinley’s mother-in-law’s house. Funds to rehabilitate the South Carolina mansion of Charles Pickney, a Framer of the Constitution, even though the house was built after he died.
$2.7 million for a catfish farm in Arkansas.
$3 million for private parking garages in Chicago.
$500,000 to build a replica of the Great Pyramid of Egypt in Indiana.
$850,000 for a bicycle path in Macomb County, Michigan.
$10 million for an access ramp in a privately owned stadium in Milwaukee.
$1.8 million for an engineering study to convert Biscayne Boulevard in Miami into an “Exotic Garden.”
$13 million for an industrial theme park in Pennsylvania.
$500,000 for a museum to honor former Secretary of State Cordell Hull.
$33 million to pump sand onto the private beaches of Miami hotels.

Total: $109,470,000

$107,000 to study the sex life of the Japanese quail.
$1.2 million to study the breeding habits of the woodchuck.
$150,000 to study the Hatfield-McCoy feud.
$84,000 to find out why people fall in love.
$1 million to study why people don’t ride bikes to work.
$19 million to examine gas emissions from cow flatulence.
$144,000 to see if pigeons follow human economic laws.
Funds to study the cause of rudeness on tennis courts and examine smiling patterns in bowling alleys.
$219,000 to teach college students how to watch television.
$2 million to construct an ancient Hawaiian canoe.
$20 million for a demonstration project to build wooden bridges.
$160,000 to study if you can hex an opponent by drawing an X on his chest.
$800,000 for a restroom on Mt. McKinley.
$100,000 to study how to avoid falling spacecraft.
$16,000 to study the operation of the komungo, a Korean stringed instrument.
$1 million to preserve a sewer in Trenton, NJ, as a historic monument.
$6,000 for a document on Worcestershire sauce.
$10,000 to study the effect of naval communications on a bull’s potency.
$100,000 to research soybean-based ink.
$1 million for a Seafood Consumer Center.
$57,000 spent by the Executive Branch for gold-embossed playing cards on Air Force Two.

Total: $ 45,980,000

Taken from:  (Electronic Resource Center – Collins & Aikman)

Here is what they suggest we do.  Look below under work cited for a Google page.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT PORK BARREL SPENDING?

  1. Send their page to as many people as possible.
  2. Distribute this on paper where you work, and pass it out to friends and relatives.
  3. Write some letters:

Complain to your U.S. Senators and Representatives that there is too much pork in Congressional appropriations bills.

Urge your U.S. Senators and Representatives to pass the Line Item Veto so that the President can cross out the pork in an otherwise good appropriation bill. Forty three states give their governors the Line Item Veto. Why shouldn’t our President have it also?

Insist on a Congressional rule that no member of a committee can put pork into a bill that benefits his constituency.

Send electronic mail directly to the President and Vice-President

PRESIDENT@WHITEHOUSE.GOV

VICE.PRESIDENT@WHITEHOUSE.GOV

You will have to copy & paste to your email address bar.

Now pardon me but with $162,180,000 that could help a lot of families that need help.  If you truly want to help then join Citizens against Government Waste. Here is their website:

WORKS CITED:

http://www.facebook.com/CITAGW?sk=app_157006174366033

http://www.cagw.org/reports/pig-book/2010/

Pork Barrell Spending

www.areddy.net/mscott/pork.html

Here are some recent examples of pork barrel spending by the Congress of the United States. These examples will be divided into 3 groups:

Works cited: These figures have been extracted from the book: “THE GOVERNMENT RACKET: Washington Waste From A to Z”, by Martin L. Gross, July 1992, and arranged into categories by Chris Albritton.

Information for Citizens against Government is listed above in the website links.

What are you waiting for get involved!  So now my working class citizen, don’t you think it’s time?

Terry Board

©Burnett Publishing 2012

 

 

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