I recently received the Citizens Against Government Waste "2008 Congressional Pig Book Summary." This annual report, by CAGW, is a recap of the 11,610 "earmarked" pork projects, amounting to $17.2 billion stuffed into the 12 federal appropriations bills.
The listing of all these "pork" projects are why it is called the "Pig Book."
Our representatives in congress seem to have no solutions to our real problems:
A. A social security system headed for bankruptcy
B. The most expensive medical system in the world that really doesn't serve all the people, and doesn't get any better results than some more economical ones in other countries.
C. The fact that we are not using our economical natural resources, but are purchasing much of them from abroad, or producing ersatz product at high cost domestically (think ethanol).
D. We haven't figured any way to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan without leaving everything worse than it was when we went there and spent a lot of lives and money.
All of these major problems are the work of our present or past congress. The present one doesn't seem to have a clue as to how to rectify this post governmental mismanagement. Yet they are overflowing with imagination in coming up with 11,610 ideas to spend $17.2 billion on projects that have nothingo do with the serious problems above.
However, we in Arizona can take pride out of one fact in all this mess. Our Washington delegation is currently the least addicted to pork of any state in the union.
Arizona's Washington representatives only asked for $14.17 worth of pork for every person in Arizona. Nationally, the average was $33.77 per person in the U.S. The worst offenders were the Alaska delegation at $555.54 per person.
Incidentally, if the Washington representatives, of all the states, had been as considerate of the public purse as the Arizona delegation was, the federal government would have had $6 billion more to spend on necessary projects.
I would suggest that each of your readers thank their Representative, and Senators, for being the most economically savvy people in congress.