Their Barrel Runneth Over


"This is more pork with one vote than they have ever passed in their lives," says Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, referring to the $397.4 billion spending bill approved by Congress last night. According to The New York Times,

The extent of home-state spending did not sit well with everyone. Representative Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, noted that the measure included $90,000 for the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, $350,000 for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and $750,000 for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"I'd nominate Congress for the Pork Barrel Hall of Fame, but I'm afraid the appropriators would actually try to appropriate money for it," said Mr. Flake, who said he was even more irritated that the measure was largely written by Republicans.