Thursday, August 11, 2005

Bush and Pork

Does Bush ever do anything right? If he does, I haven't seen it. He signed the biggest spending bill ever, despite it being at least 36 Billion dollars above the cap at which he promised to veto. He has never vetoed anything - why should he start now?

Twenty Five Billion of the total 295 billion is pork barrel spending, according to Newsweek. That means at least 8% of the total cost is money spent on pet projects that benefit individual states or even smaller regions and don't benefit the federal tax payer at all. This is why most people want the line item veto, so that the President can remove crap like that from a bill without dumping the whole thing. They passed a bill during Clinton's term that gave the president this power, but it needs to be a Constitutional Amendment. I don't know if it should be a Presidental power, however. It should be some sort of Constitutional Committee that reviews bills to make sure they are constitutional and that all of the bill is consistent with the intent of the bill. Of couse, ideally, the legislators should actually Read the bills and vote down pork amendments and create internal rules to prevent pork. That doesn't even require Constitutional Amendment. But apparently that's not possible.


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