Cox and Forkum have produced another cartoon, this time about Senator Trent Lott and his recent comments about the Porkbusters group. At the bottom of a Washington Post article is the following quote from Senator Lott:
“I’ll just say this about the so-called porkbusters. I’m getting damn tired of hearing from them. They have been nothing but trouble ever since Katrina,” he said.
Read the whole article. You’ll learn about a proposed $700 million project to turn a railroad into a highway along the Gulf Coast, after it had been recently repaired at the cost of $300 million. As Senator Dirksen is purported to have said, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.”
Cox and Forkum also point to a CNN article about some identified pork projects.
- $13.5 million for the International Fund for Ireland, which helped finance the World Toilet Summit
- $6.4 million for wood utilization research in 11 states
- $1 million for the Waterfree Urinal Conservation Initiative in Michigan
- $500,000 for the Sparta Teapot Museum in Sparta, North Carolina
Pray tell, what part of the above, or any of the other $29 BILLION in Congressional pork projects, is authorized by Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution?