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Organizations like Citizens Against Government Waste are hurting America. This so-called watchdog group wins tons of publicity every year with its "Pig Book,"
which details pork-barrel projects in each state. No reporter can resist slamming his Congress members for lining up to stick their snouts in the federal trough.
In this year's report, we learn Congress voted $1.9 million for the Pleasure Beach water taxi service in Connecticut; $1.8 million for swine odor and manure management research in Ames, Iowa, and $380,000 for a recreation and fairgrounds area in Kotzebue, Alaska. Pith
certainly is outraged.
For every stupid expenditure, however, there probably are 50 worthy projects categorized as pork. They include fixing the leaky Center Hill Dam so we're not all drowned at some point in the future. But Citizens Against Government Waste has given all earmarks an undeserved bad name and persuaded politicians like our very own Jim Cooper to scorn pork.
Tennessee comes in a pitiful 37th in per capita pork-barrel spending this year. That's $151 million, or $24.30 per person. So we're doing without federal largesse so Cooper can feel pure. That's not a fair trade. Maybe we should organize some kind of protest over this. I know, we could call it a Tea Party.