Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Exposing Washington's Wasteful Ways: Where's PigFoot?

I couldn't help but chuckle at this one:
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today launched the first in its new series of occasional video podcasts called Where’s PigFoot? The video podcasts, which will be posted on YouTube and viewable on CAGW’s website and blog, will feature CAGW’s mascot uncovering and exposing government waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement wherever it can be found.

The inaugural installment of the podcast features PigFoot attempting to crash Rep. John Murtha’s (D-Pa.) recent fundraising bash in Arlington, Virginia. The dinner was one of Rep. Murtha’s two annual campaign fundraising events. According to Roll Call, every private recipient of Murtha’s 2008 defense earmarks had given money to his campaign coffers sometime since 2005. Murtha is chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. After a six-week online poll, he was named CAGW’s 2007 “Porker of the Year” for his relentless pursuit of congressional earmarks. Dressed to the nines, PigFoot attempted to deliver the coveted award to Rep. Murtha personally during the dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on February 27, but he was unceremoniously ejected from the hotel.

The debut of the Where’s PigFoot? series also coincides with today’s announcement of the introduction of an earmark moratorium amendment to the fiscal year 2009 budget resolution. The amendment, offered by Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), will impose a year-long moratorium on congressional earmarks. The amendment has 10 co-sponsors, including presumptive Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and the top two Democratic candidates, Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.). The unaccountable and dysfunctional process of congressional earmarking has increasingly become the subject of rancorous dispute and political maneuvering. The amendment is scheduled for floor debate and a vote this week.

Citizens Against Government Waste is also fast approaching the April 2 release of the 2008 Congressional Pig Book, the most thorough and detailed compendium of wasteful pork projects. CAGW’s pork list has been a Washington staple since 1991.

Where’s PigFoot? is available for viewing at www.cagw.org, as well as on the group’s blog, www.swineline.org/pigfoot.
John Murtha's love of Pork and All Things Porcine is simply legendary.

The recently retired Republican Congress set new records wasting the taxpayers' money.

But I've little doubt that if the electoral college chooses a Democrat as our president and the Democrats continue to control congress, then we'll see that record shattered in quick time.