Citizens Against Government Waste provides awards, or "oinkers," to those projects on which the United States government is spending the tax dollars that I had intended to use for my grandchildrens' college education. They include:
Drinking water in parts of Wise County, Virginia has human waste floating in it.
· The Sapping the Taxpayers Award for $6.3 million for wood utilization research.
· The Halls of Shame Award for $1.4 million for various Halls of Fame, including: $75,000 for the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame and $70,000 for the Paper Industry Hall of Fame.
· The Goofy Earmark Award for $300,000 for Anaheim Resort Transit (read: Disneyland) bus and bus facilities in the district of Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).
· La Pork-a-Racha Award for $25,000 for the Clark County School District in Nevada for curriculum development to study mariachi music.
· The Up in Smoke Award for $23.8 million in High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program grants.
· The Fiscal Unfitness Award for $6.7 million in YMCA funding.
· The Hogzilla Award to Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) for his $646 million in pork for Alaska.
· The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Pork Award for $100,000 for the Tiger Woods Foundation.
· The Pirates on the Potomac Award for $2 million for the buyback of the USS Sequoia Presidential Yacht.
· The Burrowing a Hole in our Wallets Award to Representative John Peterson (R-Pa.) for adding $100,000 for the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center Museum.
· The Pig Dig Award for $3.3 million for start-up operations at the Capitol Visitor Center.
· The Flipping the Byrd at the Taxpayer Award to Senator Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.) for his $399 million in pork for West Virginia.
· The Don’t Step in It Award for $1.7 million for the International Fertilizer Development Association.
· The Hog Heaven Award for $8.2 million for the Fort Lewis Army Chapel, which offers diverse services forChristians, Jews, Muslims, and even Wiccans. (link)
People here in Appalachia line up at pipes protruding from the side of cliffs to retrieve potable water in milk jugs.
Folks come from miles around to shovel sweet potatoes out of a nearby parking lot when a truck shows up and dumps the produce out for the impoverished American citizens living in the area.
Unemployment in Danville and Martinsville, Virginia is at depression levels as a result of the closing of too many textile plants to count.
At Christmastime, people came to the local church outreach program to pick up donated gifts so that their children would have gifts under the tree on Christmas morning.
And your government spends money on the above.
For the love of God.