Roughly $124 Billion is being discussed as the latest number for the Iraq War Bill Legislation, being voted on in the House tomorrow, Friday March 23rd. Aside from a definitive timeline issues and overall spending issues that I will not address - a key piece of pork legislation being added includes $25 million for California spinach farmers to recoup loses due to the E Coli outbreak earlier last year, as reported in the USA Today column here: http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2007/03/post_41.html must be addressed.
For one, we certainly do not need additional expenditures as pork projects, in lieu of our troops and secondly what type of message does this send to the health and safety of our citizens by rewarding the California-based spinach growers who were the source of the E Coli outbreak?
House Speaker Pelosi openly discussed and pressed for useless pork expenditures to be cut from budgets, as the newly elected Democratic Congress took the majority and power back from Republicans. Barbara Boxer and Barbara Feinstein, Senators from California, also have been ardent "anti-pork" supporters upon their Democratic party victory in November's Senatorial elections. Remember - it was the Republican "out of control spending" that led to their "anti pork stance".
But now, it appears California spinach farmers may benefit from sickening people, in the back yard of Pelosi, Boxer and Feinstein as a pork expenditure. That's twice the hypocrisy.
Why are they rewarding producers and growers who are responsible for E Coli outbreaks? Is it politics as usual on the backs of the 3 dead and over 200 sickened? In the name of pork and spinach?
It's outrageous and reckless.