Toker's Daily Debunk

11/24/04

From The Rant - Pelosi a Pork Spending Hypocrite. If you click on the link to the actual story, you get the “real” story - “Pelosi delivers funds for projects aplenty Appropriations for USF, Old Mint included in bill”.

Now depending on your politics, you might think that some of the things like:

- $2.09 million to upgrade environmental studies and management programs
- Potrero Hill-based Family Violence Prevention Fund will get $1.5 million to strengthen its national programs for helping victims of domestic violence and to do more to prevent such violence
- $4.75 million for homeless and HIV/AIDS programs in the city. Efforts against violent crimes will get $1.2 million.

are OK but the Rant doesn’t tell you that.

Also, the Rant doesn’t tell you the Congress people do this stuff all the time. If they were 'fair & balanced" they would do an article about some Republican’s who do this & since the Republicans are in charge, it happens ALL THE TIME. Listen to John McCain & he’ll tell you about pork.

Now I’m not defending pork but it’s a way of life in Congress. If you’re going to single out Pelosi, then you need to be fair.

But of course, if you’re a right-wing spin machine, you don’t want to be fair.

At least Drudge linked to article that identified all the Republican pork Pork.

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Among items in the package: $335,000 to protect North Dakota’s sunflowers from blackbirds, $2.3 million for an animal waste management research lab in Bowling Green, Ky., $50,000 to control wild hogs in Missouri, and $443,000 to develop salmon-fortified baby food.

Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, won dozens of special items for his state — enough to fill 20 press releases.

In one aimed at northern Alabama, Shelby took credit for the $4 million budgeted for the International Fertilizer Development Center. “In addition to the important research conducted at this facility, the facility employs numerous Muscle Shoals-area residents,” he noted…

When Bush first took office, he vowed to cut pet projects from the federal budget, but the president has yet to veto a single spending bill. He is expected to sign the new plan as well.