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April 05, 2006

I'm one of the first to say that some of the things sneered at as "pork" in the Federal Budget are actually items of critical importance to the people whose communities they will benefit.

However, when it comes to $500,000 for a teapot museum, I'm drawing the line.

In addition:

The pressure to reduce wasteful spending appears to be having some impact. Overall, the report found that the number of earmarks for particular projects in 2006 dropped to 9,963, down 29 per cent from the previous year.

That sounds good until you read the next sentence.

But their overall value grew 6 per cent.

So, fewer projects aimed at individual communities, but those who are left are getting more. That sounds about right for a Republican Administration. More for those that got some, less for those that got none.

I must go search to see if there's a website for the Citizens Against Government Waste. I'm sure there are other amusing "earmarks" in the budget. North Carolina can't be the only state with a silly season project.

Posted by AnneZook at 05:46 PM