Gravy Train Rolls On

Considering the “thumpin'” received by Republicans in the recent elections, it is mind-boggling that the lame duck group that should have learned its lesson is instead continuing to earmark and spend its way to electoral oblivion.
According to Brian Reidl of the Heritage Foundation, this year’s final 11 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2007, which will be voted on during the current “lame-duck” session, “contain an estimated 10,000 pork projects.”
Among the more ridiculous projects is: $150,000 to study shellfish genetics at Oregon State University, $250,000 for Carnegie Hall in New York City, $232,000 for the National Wild Turkey Federation. Perhaps our elected officials should lay off the Wild Turkey and pork?

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