Earmarks 2011: 39,000+ and $130 Billion – The WashingtonWatch.com Blog
Posted December 8, 2010on:
One hundred thirty Billion dollars ($130 Billion) squandered by our public spirited congressman this year after the country has been at 9.8% unemployment for 18 months! Fourteen percent (14%) of Americans are now on food stamps. The country is borrowing $.40 of every dollar it spends and the national debt is somewhere around $14 Trillion and counting.
( Just for a bit of reference: 1000 X 1000= one million, 1000 X 1 million = 1 Billion, 1000 X 1 Billion = 1 trillion It’s kinda hard to get your mind around that figure isn’t it?)
While reading this article and if you really want to get heart burn please be sure to go to all the blue referenced articles. BB
Earmarks 2011: 39,000+ and $130 Billion
Posted by Jim Harper, December 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm
Recall that, last year, WashingtonWatch.com users crowd-sourced the first-ever earmark request database. With that shining example out there, in January President Obama called for a state-of-the-art earmark database, obviously to be produced by Congress. (We told ‘em how to do that at Earmarkdata.org.) Congress hasn’t done it, so we did.
Transparency creates pressure for reform, and House and Senate Republicans have both opted to swear off earmarks. (House Democrats can’t do earmarks next year because Republicans will be in control.) Senate Democrats will continue to earmark.
But Congress hasn’t passed final spending measures for FY 2011 yet. These earmark requests are still pending.
So click through and use the pull-down menus to select your state and representatives in Congress. See what earmarks they have requested in your area. Decide for yourself whether they are a good use of taxpayer dollars.