This morning Senator John McCain is twittering through his top 10 list of earmarks. At publishing he’d only gotten #10 through #7 tweeted. Here’s some facts about his Top Ten that apparently his staff didn’t bother to vet out.
#10: 1.7M for honey bee factory in Texas. Two things: In case the Senator doesn’t know it the ag business is having a real problem with bee pollination as there’s been an unexplained drop in bee population. If there’s a new plant being built they, presumably, will have to either help other breed more bee’s to produce more honey or do it themselves.
Dateline: Science Daily Feb, 2008 using materials in part provided by the US Dept of Agriculture: In response to a fast-spreading syndrome called colony collapse disorder (CCD) that’s striking honey bees nationwide, scientists at Agricultural Research Service (ARS) bee laboratories across the country are pooling their expertise. They want to learn what’s causing the disappearance of the honey bees that add about $15 billion a year to the value of U.S. crops by pollinating fruit, vegetable, tree nut and berry crops. Some beekeepers have already lost one-half to two-thirds of their colonies to CCD.
Regardless, this is a JOB CREATION project. New Jobs. New Paychecks. New Money in the economy. That’s what a stimulus bill is designed to do.
This earmark is a good example: Weslaco, Texas had in 2000 census 29,600 people. Median income $26,500. Do you think they might need some new jobs? YES! More on Honey Bee decline here. With $15 Billion in damage to ag each maybe we should pay attention.
#9 #475,000 for parking garage in Provo, Utah. Who’s going to build that parking garage? Day labor? Not hardly. This will employ everyone from designers, stress engineers, high iron workers, rebar producers not to mention the concrete being poured. JOB CREATION!
#8 $200,ooo in tattoo removal funds so gang bangers can leave their past behind. Senator McCain’s reaction is “REALLY?”.
Sorry, Senator, but since you didn’t grow up in a barrio or ghetto you wouldn’t know that those tat’s mark you for life and identify you as a gang member. That automatically marks you publicly for the oppo gang to take you out under certain circumstances.
At the very least, it makes it almost impossible to get a decent job, even if you’ve left the ‘Vato loco’ life behind and gotten a decent education.The man in this photo is trying to get into a tattoo removal program.
Even the Marine Corps will not allow visible tattoo’s. By not be able to afford tattoo removal, which isn’t cheap, fast or comfortable, they simply can’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps as so many advocate. Previous bad choices hold them back and lack of funds continue to hold them back.
This is an odd earmark obviously for a city or program that’s trying to get people back into society and the marketplace to earn decent money and fill jobs. It sounds odd, Senator, but it’s needed. Also, the tattoo removal has to be contracted to some doctor or set of doctors. Therefore, more money in the economy.
I imagine his primary objection to all this, and the seven left to come is that they were earmarked. An earmark only demands that the money allocated to the project can only be spent on that project. Now if it’s a bullshit set of projects that former Sen. Stevens in Alaska then ok…jump the bastard on the floor.
#7: $1 million for Morman cricket control in Utah, Senator McCain’s reaction: “Is this a species of cricket or a game played by the brits?”
Again just a little Google research would have found scientific articles about the problem. Here’s a good .pdf as an example.
The true likely objection is that these proposed earmarks aren’t debated I imagine. Yet can you envision the massive, unending and counter-productive log jam as every Senator debated every project in a nearly Trillion dollar bill?
Yes, Senator McCain, BS does sneak through. That’s a fact. But complaining about to job creation projects very likely highly needed in their towns isn’t the way to go.
Also Senator McCain, with respect, your staff should use Google more often and do a little research with the earmark sponsor. It would save you some time attacking generally viable, needed projects. It also might not embarrass you if anyone in the press, other than me does the slightest research on the balance of your Top Ten. Sorry, Sentor, with respect on this topic you are simply wrong.