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The Pork Filled and Expensive Non-Relief Sandy Relief Bill

Blunten_Sharpe Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 7:30 PM
Ignorance is irrefutable, since no one will admit to it. For example, no one here knows, or remembers the 2005 Highway Bill. The pork-barrel benchmark of recent memory. By Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist | August 4, 2005 AT $286.4 BILLION, the highway bill just passed by Congress is the most expensive public works legislation in US history. In addition to funding the interstate highway system and other federal transportation programs, it sets a new record for pork-barrel spending, earmarking $24 billion for a staggering 6,376 pet projects, spread among virtually every congressional district in the land. The enormous bill -- 1,752 pages long -- wasn't made public until just before it was brought to a vote...

It's been 66 days since Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast, causing major damage in New York and New Jersey. The storm was so powerful, it is in the running to become the most expensive storm for taxpayers on record. Historically, Congress has passed hurricane relief bills in the immediate aftermath of storm damage, but Sandy is a different story. Why? Congress wrote up Hurricane Sandy Relief legislation and then Harry Reid's Senate loaded it with pork. What's in it? Many things that hardly count as relief for victims.

The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8...