The Pork-Barrel Diversion
"Glutted on Pork," Donald Lambro, Washington Times, 12/2/04
"President Bush will hold his nose and sign this outrageously wasteful, 14-pound, pork-stuffed bill anyway. Why? Because it reduces discretionary spending increases overall to about 4 percent. If Pentagon and homeland defense spending is removed, the rate of spending growth is cut to about 1 percent. (This does not include so-called "emergency" funding for Afghanistan, Iraq and hurricane damage assistance that are outside the spending caps).... Budget watchers say this year's 11,000–12,000 earmark items that will cost taxpayers an added $15.8 billion are the most ever in a single bill, several thousand provisions more than earlier appropriations bills passed in the last several years."