Flipping through Sunday’s newspaper I came across a little blurb about how some of our tax dollars are being spent. While there had been some big talk lately in Congress about stopping the funding of “pork” projects in order to fix our nation’s infrastructure due to the bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August, an amendment introduced to do just that was rejected by the Senate by a vote of 82-14. Seems they don’t want to give up their little pet projects in order to fix our roads and bridges, but would rather spend $2.5 billion on some gems like the following:
Volcano Monitoring in Alaska for $3 million
A hiking and biking trail in W. Virginia for $1 million
A prototype streetcar in Oregon for $750,000
A minor league ballpark in Montana for $500,000
The renovation of a peace garden in N. Dakota for $450,000
Seems that the Senate approved a whopping $1 billion for repairs of our roads – when the Department of Transportation says that they need $65 billion to fix the backlog of repairs. Sure, they gave them $1 billion, but check out the list above…just those 5 pork projects are worth another $2.5 billion that could have gone towards the prevention of another catastrophe like that bridge collapse. According to the Citizens Against Government Waste, $29 billion in pork projects were funded in 2006! One biggie that our tax dollars were spent on during the year include a $1,000,000 added in the House for the Allen Telescope Array in Mountain View, Calif. This “alien” project is part of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Yep, we are funding the search of aliens with our tax dollars. Nothing could be more important! Who cares if our roads and bridges fall apart, we gotta find UFO’s!
I love paying taxes.