A few weeks ago congressional leaders said they had to pass a $700 billion economic rescue plan quickly to save us all from economic ruin. Their first effort failed, so they got together again to improve the plan. How did they make it better? There were a handful of small substantial changes, but the big adjustment was to pack it with pork.
Get this, the final bailout bill included $192-million in tax rebates for the Puerto Rican and Virgin Islands rum industry; $148-million in tax breaks for wool fabric producers; $100-million to help race track owners; and this is the best one, a $2-million tax benefit for the makers of wooden arrows for children. Are you kidding me?
Leaders of both parties, from the president on down, insisted this plan had to pass to prevent a depression. Are we supposed to believe that the country faced financial collapse without money to prop up the wooden arrow industry? Ridiculous! This is exactly what's wrong in Washington - we can't trust our leaders to pass even the most necessary spending bill without weighing it down with waste.
Consider this, it's time politicians showed true leadership. Stop pandering to special interests, stop passing wasteful spending bills and stop looking us in the eye and saying you don't support pork when we can smell the bacon on you from a mile away.
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