What does the “Pig Book” do to shame Congress? It appears that when it comes to pork, Congress will do anything to make sure that they can dole out for money and projects for their own political benefit. There is no shame in doing this, and no attempt in sound fiscal management of the public purse. The majority of office holders have learned that hey can vote themselves money, distribute it, and remain in positions of power. Every promise of budget reform has proven to be a lie. The “Pig Book” exposes this as outlined it in this fine article.
As Written By Cal Thomas for Fox News Opinion:
Every member of Congress ought to be embarrassed by the 2016 ‘Pig Book
As the tax deadline approaches it’s once again time to consider how the federal government wastes our money.
Remember the spending caps that were supposed to keep Congress from overspending? Gone with the wind.
How about the promise Republicans made about no more earmarks on spending bills? It disappeared almost as fast as a gold coin in a magician’s hands. Of course, they are not calling these new and improved earmarks earmarks. They call them something else, so they can claim they are keeping their promise. Is it any wonder this political season is characterized by voter anger?
Just in time for Tax Day comes the annual Pig Book 2016. For a decade Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonprofit organization that, according to its website, advocates for the “…the elimination of waste and inefficiency in government through lobbying and grassroots activities,” has published this useful guide, which illustrates just some of the ways our elected representatives waste the money we send them.
A few examples will set the tone, but you should read it all. It should embarrass every member of Congress who voted for this unnecessary and wasteful stuff, but, unfortunately, they are beyond embarrassment.
Here are a few of the categories……