I usually talk about how much I love Twitter, but every once in a while I see something there that sends me on a search for more information, and then my hair stands up on end, and then I get upset.
Yesterday I was nonchalantly perusing my stream of tweets and saw a little entry from Senator John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) that had a number in front of it, and the entry was “#3. $3 million for Chesapeake Bay Oyster restoration in Maryland.“
Hmmm, I thought. Could that have something to do with earmarks on the 1,924 page spending bill I’d been hearing about? And if that’s #3, what are the other items?
I clicked on the Senator’s ID to go to his page and noticed yesterday’s entry was the second list he had posted. Scrolling back to Tuesday, I began to read. This is where my hair started standing on end. I decided to share the experience with my fellow voters (while my friends in other countries can gasp or snicker or snort, whatever seems appropriate).
Here’s the rest of the story:
Selected Tweets from John McCain on 12/14/10
“Stand by for the top 10 pork barrel projects from the 1,924 page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill
#10. $247,000 – Virus free wine grapes in Washington State
#9. $413,000 – Peanut research in Alabama
#8. $125,000 for fishery equipment for the Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association, Hagatna, Guam.
#7. $349,000 – Swine waste management in North Carolina
Heading 2 the floor 2 talk about the $1.1 Trillion 1924 page omnibus spending bill that includes 6488 earmarks totaling nearly $8.3 billion
#6. $400,000 for solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas
#5. $165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont
#4. $522,000 for cranberry and blueberry disease and breeding in New Jersey
#3. $246,000 for bovine tuberculosis in Michigan and Minnesota
#2. $235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada
And the #1 pork barrel project in the omnibus spending bill…so far is…
#1. $300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii
ALERT: $3.2 million for a street sweeper in NH – out of Defense Spending while we are in 2 wars
Wednesday’s Top 10 Pork Barrel Projects #10. is a tie – $300,000 for the Iowa Orchestra & $106,000 for the Utah Symphony
#9. $1,500,000 for New England Multi-Species Surveys and Development in New Bedford, MA
#8. $300,000 for Groundfish research in Augusta, ME.
#7 $500,000 for highly migratory shark fishery research program in San Jose, CA
#6. $2,500,000 for the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Honolulu, HI
#5. $425,000 to restore the Boonville Hardware Building in Boonville, Mississippi – population 8,360!!
#4. $1 million to re-introduce upper floor housing in Des Moines, Iowa – what about the lower floor housing?
#3. $3 million for Chesapeake Bay Oyster restoration in Maryland.
#2. $500,000 for Blue Fin Tuna tagging and research in California
And the #1 tweet for today…drum roll please…
#1. $10,000,000 to the John P. Murtha Foundation – nuff said…”
I don’t think it’s being too political on this non-political blog to say I think this is just plain ridiculous.
I wonder how many of these earmarks are bribes to get a senator or representative to vote in favor of the bill.
I wonder how these earmarks will be funded.
And I wonder what the devil’s in the air or water in Washington, D.C. that makes so many of our elected officials act like nitwits.
You probably wonder if I’m going to stop following people like Senator McCain because their tweets upset me. The answer is no. I prefer to know what’s going on.
Even if it makes my hair stand on end.
How do we stop this nonsense?