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It’s Good to be in Charge

Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) reported this week that committee chairman, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Ranking Member, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) have scarfed up $122 million (almost 26%) of the earmarks in the FY 2009 Senate Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill. The bill contains 552 earmarks worth $471.4 million. According to TCS:

“Their states benefit from two of the largest earmarks in the legislation, including $30 million to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for an interdisciplinary science and engineering teaching and research corridor and $20 million for Maryland and Virginia, to aid watermen in the Chesapeake Bay with new work opportunities, including but not limited to aquaculture, restoration and research.”

Taxpayers can read the TCS article for the other pork projects paid for by all Americans, but that will benefit the politically elite. Time for the revolution?


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