Cal  Thomas

-- "$200,000 by House appropriator Marion Berry (D-Ark.) for the Arkansas Commercial Driver Training Institute at Arkansas State University-Newport. The corporate headquarters for two of the nation's largest trucking companies, J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. and ABF Freight Systems Inc., are located in Arkansas. According to, J.B. Hunt had sales of $3.8 billion in 2008." This is a commercial driving school for companies that make large profits. Why is the federal government helping to pay the freight?

-- "$200,000 by Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) for the expansion of the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York. The museum had a fund balance of $6.9 million at the end of 2008." Why is it getting more money?

-- "$102,142,500 for 90 projects for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) State and Local Programs by 111 members of Congress, spread among 35 states, including towns such as Brigantine, N.J., (population 12,647); Boerne, Texas (population 10,283); Alamosa, Colo., (population 8,745) and Shorter, Ala., (population 374). The amount directed to this program in fiscal year 2010 represents a 357.1 percent increase over the $22,345,000 spent in fiscal year 2009."

CAGW recognizes several members of Congress, including Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Representative Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) "for $200,000 for design and construction of a small business incubator and multipurpose center in Scranton, Pa."; Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) "for $490 million in pork"; Representative Harold "Hal" Rogers (R-Ky.) "for $10 million for the National Institute for Hometown Security"; and my personal favorite, classified as The Narcissist Award: Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) "for $7,287,000 to continue the Harkin Grant program and to Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) for $7,000,000 for the Robert C. Byrd Institute of Advanced Flexible Manufacturing Systems."

Read much more and weep at It's a pittance compared to Social Security and Medicare costs, but it's our money they're misspending. We should not be less outraged that they are spending slightly less pork than last year.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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