Democrats pressed ahead with budget plans to saddle millions of Americans with higher tax bills in three years by allowing George Bush's reductions to die after he leaves office. Bush tax cuts will be left to his successor and Congress that's elected in November. All three presidential candidates wanted a chance to vote for a one-year ban of pork-barrel projects.
In 2006 Congress wasted $29 million on special interest pork barrel projects that could be spent to save Medicare and Social Security or to secure our borders or win the War on Terrorism. Examples like: $325,000 for a swimming pool in California; $450,000 for trout genome mapping; $270,000 for potato storage; $315,000 for Formosan subterranean termite research..
Obama released $740 million in the past three years which included $1 million for Michelle's Hospital where she is a vice president for external affairs at an annual salary of $121,910, recently increased to $316, 962. $10 million for a military arsenal in Rock Island, several million for research on soybean disease and livestock genes, $100,000 for after-school programs at the Chicago Jesuit Academy. Several million for a project at Chicago State University, Illinois State Sen. President Emil Jones Jr., Obama's friend and benefactors and a strong supporter of Chicago State. $1.3 million for high-explosive technology program for the Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle (overseen by General Dynamics). James Crown (on the board of General Dynamics and a member of Obama's national finance committee), $750,000 earmarked for renovation of a space center named for Crown's grandfather, Henry Crown at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
McCain wants to ban earmarks as president while the Democrats are now promising spending that would enlarge the deficit or require tax increases.
Janet R. Rees