While the rest of us eat turkey during Thanksgiving week, the Washington Post does a fine job exposing the pork on which Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl and his D.C. cohorts prefer to feast.
Within three days of Republican senators — along with incoming senators-elect — renounced earmarks, Kyl slipped in a $200 million gift to settle claims by black farmers and American Indians against the federal government. The measure was added by Kyl to a larger bill sought by none other than President Barack Obama and supported by Democrat senators Max Baucus, (MT) and Jeff Bingamon (NM). In all, black farmers will get about $1.2 billion to settle fraud-laden claims that the Agriculture Department’s local offices discriminated against them.
And, Jeff Flake, the ever-grinning, self-absorbed pinup boy congressman from the East Valley who has made his political career a mantra of his abhorrence of earmark “pork” was all too happy to go along with this taxpayer funded excess. His willingness to spend exorbitant amounts on programs for illegals, as he routinely partners with one of the most radically liberal members of congress and skipped out on the highly significant Cap & Trade bill exemplifies what he is actually about.
The knowledge that talk is cheap, and no one holds your feet to the fire, is the glue that forges the bond between AZ Sens. Kyl and McCain and U.S. Rep. Flake.
In fact, the Obama administration’s Interior Department sought only $56 million for Indian land and water claims in Obama’s proposed budget for this year and no money for Kyl’s project, or those sought by Baucus and Bingaman.
But, what the hay, it’s all in the holiday spirit and we the taxpayers are footing the bill.