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I have been watching the Porkbusters campaign championed by Instapundit, NZ Bear, Michelle Malkin, and others with a wistful sense of admiration and regret. Normally I would love to dive into the federal budget and find the pork, but due to work obligations, family issues, and other investigations I'm pursuing at the moment on the blog, I simply don't have the time. Those who have worked hard to make this effort have done a tremendous job in identifying billions of dollars in federal spending on foolishness and waste.
My good friend Mark Tapscott of the Heritage Foundation called me today and asked me why I had not yet blogged about Porkbusters. I told him that without having much to contribute that I didn't want to distract from the effort made by other bloggers. He suggested that I could assist the program by expanding the Not One Dime More effort to Porkbusters ... which I think is an excellent idea.
Not One Dime More targeted the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the failure of GOP leadership to get George Bush's judicial nominees confirmed or even in process. Now we want to target both parties' Congressional election commitees, the NRCC and the DCCC, by withholding funds while the parties act to protect their pork. For those representatives who refuse to pare the pork, we need to cut off their political oxygen until they turn blue and their campaign chests grow cold. Tell your Congressperson that while they protect the pork we discover, while they continue to vote for budgets with these useless and wasteful projects when the funding could defray the hurricane relief efforts, we will send Not One Dime to their efforts to re-elect their incumbents.
Voting for outdoor art museums as part of a transportation bill? Not One Dime More for Porkers.
Supporting baseball lessons from a foundation set up by a wealthy former baseball player? Cal Ripken might be a great guy, but the government needs its $3 million for higher purposes. Not One Dime More for Porkers.
Unwilling to rethink priorities and excusing it by demanding that federal money get spent on the 'burbs as well as the big cities? Not One Dime More for Porkers.
If I can clear some research time, I promise to find more myself. In the meantime, I'll help out by linking back to races we can target for withholding campaign funds until the pols get the message. We mean to end the pork wagon now.Sphere It View blog reactions
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