Buddy, Can You Spare A Pork Chop?
A former Los Ososian, now self-described as “Smiling in the foothills [of the Sierras] with septic management, “ wrote me to inquire why the recent huge Congressional War Bill contains a Pile o’ Pork but didn’t contain one thin dime for wastewater treatment funds for poor old Los Osos. Beats me. Maybe if Los Osos manufactured Christmas Ornaments for the Senate Gift Shop it might get some help? Or what if Los Osos promised to donate land to put up sheds for “peanut storage?” That’d be a $74 mil windfall right there. We could promise to store the peanuts at the sewer plant?
Herewith the email:
Ann, please read these funds and tell me where we get a red dime.
It works out to $130 million or so per vote in the House. The GOA detailed some of this list of the pork that is in the bill that the Senate passed yesterday. As we all know, there's $25 million for a spinach farmer, $24 million for funding for sugar beets, $3 million in funding for sugar cane going to one Hawaiian co-op. There's $20 million for insect infestation damage reimbursements in Nevada, Idaho and Utah; $2.1 billion for crop production losses; one and a half billion for livestock production losses; $100 million for dairy production losses; $13 million for ewe lamb replacement and retention; $32 million for the livestock indemnity program; $40 million for the Tree Assistance Program. The bill includes $74 million for peanut storage; $25 million for spinach growers.
There's a hundred million dollars for small agricultural dependent businesses. Look at how much pork is in this bill for farming- and agricultural-related industries. Six million for North Dakota flooded crop land; $35 million for emergency conservation programs; $50 million for the Emergency Watershed Program. This is in the bill that the Democrats in the House and Senate passed yesterday to pull troops out of Iraq in March of 2008 and not fund the surge. One-hundred-fifteen million dollars for the Conservation Security Program. It was earlier, $35 million for the Emergency Conservation Program, and then another $115 million for the Conservation Security Program, which proves much of the redundancy in all these federal programs, it is pathetic. There's $18 million for drought assistance in the upper Great Plains and in the Southwest; $6 million for the North Dakota flooded crop land and $18 million for drought assistance in the upper Great Plains in the Southwest (a provision that extends the availability by a year); $3.5 million dollars in funding for guided tours of the Capitol is in this bill. Also, it has a provision that allows transfer of funds from holiday ornament sales in the Senate Gift Shop, and $165.9 million for fisheries disaster relief funded through NOAA. This includes $60.4 million for salmon fisheries in the Klamath Basin region; $12 million for forest service money. There's $425 million for education grants for rural areas, the Secure Rural Schools Program. There's $640 million for something called LIHEAP; Low Income Energy Assistance is What LIHEAP is. $25 million for asbestos abatement at the Capitol Power Plant; $388.9 million for funding for backlog of old Department of Transportation projects; $22.8 million for geothermal research and development; $500 million for wildfire fire management; $13 million for mine safety technology research; $31 million for a one month extension of the Milk Income Lost Contract Program. Low Income Energy Assistance is What LIHEAP is? Okay, what was that number on LIHEAP? That's $640 million for Low Income Energy Assistance.
Fifty million for Fisheries Disaster Mitigation Fund; $100 million for security at the presidential candidate nominating conventions; and $2 million for the University of Vermont. Plus: $6.4 million for the House of Representatives Salaries and Expenses Account.
No, Ann this is [********], not anything for Los Osos, Why?