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Porkbarrel Spending and the Economic Bailout

Written by Nickel - 19 Comments

In an attempt to make the $700B economic bailout more palatable, lawmakers have apparently stuffed it with $110B of earmark (porkbarrel) spending. While some of these earmarks are arguable useful, like an tax credit for research and development and an increase in FDIC insurance, others are much less attractive (at least to me).

Here’s a sampling:

  • Creation of a seven-year cost recovery period for construction of a racetrack
  • A refund of excise taxes to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for rum
  • Income averaging for money received from the Exxon Valdez litigation
  • Provisions related to film and television productions
  • Extension/modification of duty suspension on wool products, and duty refunds
  • Exemption of a specific arrow for child archers from an excise tax

So tell me… Exactly how do these projects relate to saving our economy?

Source: CNN.com

Published on October 3rd, 2008 - 19 Comments
Filed under: Economy

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19 Responses to “Porkbarrel Spending and the Economic Bailout”

  1. 1
    Joe Says:

    First off let me tell you that I am positively outraged that these elected officials of our government would be so brash, and or stupid as to add the “pork barrel spending” listed at the bottom of my comment. This kind of irresponsible, Lobyist driven Legislation helped to get the economy in this mess in the first place, now our inept politicians have the gall to add this garbage to a bill that is suposed to “save our economy” I think every politician that had anything to do with adding these things to this bill should imediatly be removed from office, and if possible,prosicuted for being at the very least irresponsible, possibly corrupt, and stupid for thinking the tax paying American public would accept such an atrocity in the first place.
    I would like to remind said Politicians that the Government is suposed to be “Of the people, by the people, and for the people” something that seems to have been forgotten, or at least swept under the rug.

    “Pork Barrel” added to the bail out bill, or whatever their calling it today.
    Creation of a seven-year cost recovery period for construction of a racetrack
    A refund of excise taxes to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for rum
    Income averaging for money received from the Exxon Valdez litigation
    Provisions related to film and television productions
    Extension/modification of duty suspension on wool products, and duty refunds
    Exemption of a specific arrow for child archers from an excise tax

  2. 2
    Becca Says:

    This is purely speculation, but the VI one is probably because the sales for alcohol (you can bring 5 liters back home duty-free) have gone down ever since the airlines had to forbid bringing liquids on as carry-ons. It makes it more difficult to get it home, since you have to check it, and now that there are extra fees on checking bags with most airlines, it’ll get even worse. Never mind that tourism is down compared to last year and so they’re losing money from that. Helping their local economy helps the US citizens that live there.

    Of course, Captain Morgan (who just built a plant on St. Croix) could have just lobbied for it to increase their sales. I’m not really sure there’s a way to tell.

  3. 3
    Paul Says:

    We need to give the President (even if it isn’t the one I plan to vote for) a line item veto!

  4. 4
    Cyllya Says:

    Does exempting a certain archery arrow from an excise tax actually require any spending???

  5. 5
    Patrick Says:

    Niether party in Congress cares about free-market economics or even what is best for the nation long-term–they only care about appearing to do the right thing by maintaining the status quo while government slowly takes over more and more.

    Kudos to Jim DeMint and his ilk for taking a real stand against the Bill, unlike the fake stand against it a week ago which collapsed today.

  6. 6
    LadyBug Says:

    Sounds like bribery to me… a little pork in exchange for a vote.

  7. 7
    Tim Says:

    I’m very upset that the rescue package had to have over $100b in pork. what a shame and goes to show that individual politicians have their secured careers in mind over the security of americans. With that though, people are focusing on some of the outrageous pork; however, I am glad about the AMT, although it too shouldn’t have been included.

  8. 8
    Rob Says:

    It’s this kind of stuff being done by our government that is feeding the movement for Liberty and the increasing popularity of the Libertarian party.

    I think everyone knows that this is only going to end one way.

  9. 9
    Katie Says:

    This is why I will be voting for Ralph Nader.

  10. 10
    Larry Says:

    I would like to know specifics; i.e., who sponsored every specific pork barrel spending amendment.

    Which Senator doesn’t want to be re-elected.

  11. 11
    Sara Cucinotta Says:

    Why can’t I find the names of the congressmen (and women) that are responsible for the pork belly monies added on to the Economic Bail-out bill our government passed last week? It’s unbelievable that I can’t access it immediately. Where can I find this information?

  12. 12
    Chris Holdheide Says:

    So tell me… Exactly how do these projects relate to saving our economy?

    They don’t.
    This always happens when a bill like this of huge importance is going through. They through a couple off beat items in as well to sweeten the deal.
    Sometimes you have to wander do they have are best interest in mind?

  13. 13
    Randy Says:

    And wow, look at all the good it did to save Wall Street.

    What a joke. Wave bye-bye to your free market, it was fun while it lasted.

  14. 14
    Chris Holdheide Says:

    Randy,
    You hit the nail on the head. With goverment intervention these companies will never learn.

  15. 15
    Dana Says:

    Frankly? I don’t think we ever had a free market to begin with. There is always going to be some kind of government intervention, because companies are only as good as the people that run them, and far too many people are skunks in hairless apes’ clothing. Someone’s got to play referee. But even without that there isn’t a “free market” when you can’t participate in your own little corner of the market without some big guy coming along and running over you. Whether it’s huge corporations running everything or a huge government running everything, we’ll get the same mess in the end. I don’t want ANY big behemoth running my life in complete disregard of my best interests. Period.

  16. 16
    Eric X Says:

    Not only does crongress not have to tell eneyone what they sponsored but they can change the wording in the “official record” of anything they say while standing at the podium at the capital !!!!!!!!!!!!

    ALL politians and lawers ARE SCUM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 17
    Greg N. Says:

    All politicians are liars, cheats and thieves. They also need to get rid of all lobbyists.

  18. 18
    Cheaplee Says:

    Shameful that this is how our elected officials have to operate to make things happen. Soooooo disappointing!

  19. 19
    Ron Says:

    where can I get a complete list of all the added pork to the bailout money?
    Thanks
    Ron

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