Just in time for tomorrow’s national tax protests, Citizens Against Government Waste has released its yearly Congressional Pig Book Summary. The 2009 edition is chock full of infuriating “earmark” expenditures.
The outrage of millions of taxpayers following the $700 billion bank bailout and the $787 billion stimulus bill did not stop Congress from passing and President Obama from signing a bloated $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations Act in March. With the subsequent approval of the President’s budget, the national debt will triple over the next 10 years. That leaves plenty of opportunities for pork to remain pervasive in the nation’s capital.
Democrats far and away dominate the big-spender list nationally, but there are enough Republicans who have signed on to pork barreling projects to make us ashamed, as well. In Arizona, the names Gabrielle Giffords, Raul Grijalva, Harry Mitchell, Ed Pastor – Democrats all – excel in shameful spending sprees.
Rankings by state are here.
And here are the 2009 Oinker Awards, which recognize “dogged perseverance in the mad pursuit of pork.”
If you’d like to let Arizona’s congressional top spenders hear from you, Seeing Red AZ has thoughtfully included their contact information:
US. Rep Gabrielle Giffords
US Rep. Raul Grijalva
US Rep. Harry Mitchell
US Rep. Ed Pastor
Join other Arizonans and those across the country at tomorrow’s tea party protest where our voices cannot be ignored.