11/08/2011

Does Obama Really Want To Go There? Threatens Congress With "Naming Names" on Funding Requests

Posted by Brian
Barack Obama chiding Congress (read: Republicans) over not passing his "jobs" bill, and now threatening to make public special requests for spending and the persons who request them, is ballsy on its face.  Don't get me wrong.  I am all for transparency in how our money is spent.  The American people have been out of that loop for a long time.  Only during election seasons do we hear of some of the most outrageous pork barrel spending, generally used in attack ad on opponents.
My amusement at this is the outright hypocrisy of the occupant of the Oval Office.  He has essentially used the taxpayers money as a personal checking account to pay off political favors to unions, banks, corporate cronies, and just about anybody else who he thinks can benefit him politically.  His spending plans are increasing the nation's debt by an average of over $1.6 trillion per year.
What kind of pork has Obama passed in his budgets and stimulus?
Just to name a few, from the Wall Street Journal Online:

$1 million to upgrade the Los Angeles County Convention Center elevated "catwalk" for cameras and lighting; 
$350,000 for an Albuquerque, N.M., fitness center; 
$94 million for a parking garage at the Orange Bowl in Miami; 
$4.5 million for Gretna, Florida, to bottle water with recyclable bottles; 
$35 million music hall of fame in Florissant, Missouri, 
$3.1 million for a swimming pool in Tulsa


And let's not forget the over $500 million payoff to the now bankrupt Solyndra, the UAW payoff with the bailouts of the GM and Chrysler, Wall Street, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and so many others.
Does Obama really want to go down this path?


Name and Shame? Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers' Funding Requests


RICHARD A. BLOOM
President Obama may be heading for another showdown with Congress over spending.

Draft White House memo would require federal agencies to reveal special funding requests from members of Congress.


In a move that could escalate hostilities with Congress, President Obama may be planning to use his executive authority to publicize special funding requests that lawmakers make for pet projects.
A memo that the White House has floated on Capitol Hill would require executive branch agencies to make public any letter from a member of Congress seeking special consideration for any project or organization vying for government funding. National Journal obtained a draft copy of the executive memo.

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