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October 03, 2003
Two Final Thoughts

Once again, the Bush Administration lets big business off the hook, leaving taxpayers holding the bag. (It's lunchtime, so I thought I'd mix up a metaphor or two.)

Actually, that's not quite accurate. The Bush Administration has slashed taxes and under-budgeted a lot of things, including Superfund, so the reality is that toxic waste will, in the future, just...sit there. Polluting the air, spoiling the water, destroying the ecology, and contaminating the food we eat while, in some cases, causing or accelerating the development of a range of diseases.

Before you scream that he's not (not, I say! Not!) really anti-environment, go take a look at the history of Houston over the past ten years or so.

Anyhow. Let's follow some other money....

Have you reviewed the provisions of the Fiscal 2003 Supplemental Appropriations Bill Conference Report?

If you're like me, the answer is, well, no, don't be stupid. You can give yourself an aneurysm trying to read legalese and it's Friday afternoon and if I want brain damage, I'll go out and have a few drinks which, actually, others might do but I wouldn't because I've given it up but I do have shopping scheduled for the weekend, so I'm saving my energy for that.


Here's an analysis. For those suspicious, it's not some left-wing trick, okay? It's money for the DoD, Homeland Security, Iraq, and a few other items.

Read it all you lazy bum. This analysis is in short, easy-to-read language and you'll want to consider the implications of the request (denied and removed) to give the "Executive Office of the President" full power to spend 2.5B of a Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund" they wanted in connection with Iraq. In the final version, Bush, et. al., don't get a completely free hand, but they were given "unprecedented flexibility."

As a little reward, down at the bottom, we even get a breakout of the pork attached to the bill. Before you skim down to look, I'll tell you it's a much shorter list than you might expect.

Among other requests, a "$150 million slush fund for "complex foreign crises"" was cut from the final version. Sadly, we're not told who tried to sneak this into the mix.

Also, I'm dying to know why " $500,000 for collaboration between Aberdeen, MD high school and Aberdeen Proving Ground" was included. Why did Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania get $100K?

What this analysis needed was gossipy details about each provision of the bill.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:36 PM


My friend went to Aberdeen high school and says the $500,000 going to Aberdeen High School is most likely to subset the cost of all of the military kids attending the school. That is the high school where all the kids that live on the base attend (close to 25% of all students) so most probably that is what the money is for...the government subsetting the schools so the tax payers don't have to pick up the whole tab.

Posted by: Kristen at October 7, 2003 10:07 PM

That makes sense. On the other hand, it makes more sense that that on-going cost, if the government does, indeed subsidize the school, is covered in the "regular" budget.

Still, it's hard to imagine what else it could be.

Thanks for the info!

Posted by: Anne at October 8, 2003 08:53 AM