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Old February 6th, 2012 #1
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Default Congressional Earmarks. Corruption on a grand scale.

For all the talking we do on here about rapacious corporations, not much is said about insane government corruption, namely the practice of earmarks whereby a congressman allots a huge amount of money to a so called public works project that mostly benefits him, his business, his family, or his cronies:

AU.S. senator from Alabama directed more than $100 million in federal earmarks to renovate downtown Tuscaloosa near his own commercial office building. A congressman from Georgia secured $6.3 million in taxpayer funds to replenish the beach about 900 feet from his island vacation cottage. A representative from Michigan earmarked $486,000 to add a bike lane to a bridge within walking distance of her home.

Thirty-three members of Congress have steered more than $300 million in earmarks and other spending provisions to dozens of public projects that are next to or within about two miles of the lawmakers’ own property, according to a Washington Post investigation.

Under the ethics rules Congress has written for itself, this is both legal and undisclosed.
I see absolutely no difference in this type of avaricious, corrupt behavior than in the same type displayed by corporations. Crooks are crooks, in private industry and in government, and our nation is riddled to the core with crooks.

Decentralization of power would do a lot to curb this.
Hell really is other people.


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