More than one out of every five dollars of the $126 million Massachusetts is receiving in earmarks from a $410 billion federal spending package is going to help preserve the legacy of the Kennedys.
The bill includes $5.8 million for the planning and design of a building to house a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate. The funding may also help support an endowment for the institute.
The bill also includes $22 million to expand facilities at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum and $5 million more for a new gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a park system in downtown Boston named after Kennedy’s mother and built on land opened up by the Big Dig highway project.
A spokeswoman for Sen. Kennedy, who at 77 is battling brain cancer, said he hadn’t requested the money for the library and institute, and that there are dozens of other earmarks in the spending bill for homeless services and community health centers.
So, the defense is that there is money for other projects too? That is not the point of course. The point is that NONE of OUR DAMNED money should go for that stuff! Not one freaking penny!
It is like giving a friend who needs clothes for a new job your credit card to help them out. They return with a few clothes, but also an MP3 player, some video games, a receipt for a steak dinner they bought, and a case of beer, something good like Fat Tire or Newcastle, and a stack of books a CD’s from Borders! Yes, they DID buy some clothes, but they also went apeshit,(uh-oh, I used the word ape, I must be a racist) with your money! Congressional pork is no different!
H/T Michelle Malkin