Thursday, November 15, 2007

This Little Piggie Went To Congress...

For those of you readers who haven't heard of it, check out the website of the Citizens Against Government Waste.

Its a non-partisan, non-profit watchdog group that spends its time and resources keeping tabs on government waste, fraud and abuse. Specifically, they are especially good at following the money on any new piece of legislation, earmarking the earmarks, as it were.

It turns out that our buddy Murtha, the Pork King of Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, has slipped a little pork product into the 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill. Murtha is asking for $23,000,000 to fund something called the National Drug Intelligence Center. The NDIC, as it is known, ir run by the Dept. of Justice, and has cost us taxpayers $509,000,000 since 1992. While you may be saying that it sounds like a great thing to have, keep in mind that the Department of Justice doesn't want the NDIC, and has repeatedly asked Congress to shut it down, as its functions are already being performed by other agencies, better.

In fact, CAGW rates Murtha at only 5% during the 109th Congress--the higher the rating, the less pork you approve and the better you are looking out for the taxpayers' interests.

Why doesn't he care? Well, its not HIS money. Its yours.

If you go to the CAGW site, you can easily look up any Congressman. I know we get a lot of readers from outside of PA (Old Man is from the Land of 10,000 taxes, after all) so be sure to check up on your local Senators and Representatives. They aren't going to stay on the straight and narrow if nobody watches them. Make sure they know they are being held to account.

Keep that in mind when they come back up on the ticket. Let it be known we won't give the government a blank check anymore.

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