|Porker of the Month: Sens. Brown, Kerry, and Leahy
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named Sens. Sherrod Brown(D-Ohio), Patrick Leahy(D-Vt.),and John Kerry(D-Mass.) Porkers of the Month for urging the Pentagon to release taxpayer funds to continue developing General Electric’s alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter. The alternate engine has been criticized as wasteful and unnecessary by taxpayers, both the Bush and Obama Administrations, and numerous top military officials. Sens. Brown and Kerry represent states where the engine will be developed and built. “The alternate engine has been a $3 billion boondoggle and taxpayers should not sink one more dime of limited resources into this failed project. This program has become the epitome of senseless government waste, diverting resources away from other important military projects and expenditures that keep the nation and our troops safe and secure,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz. “The only general who supports the alternate engine is General Electric.” For insisting that taxpayers fund a useless jet engine that will only exacerbate our country’s soaring debt, CAGW names Sens. Brown, Kerry, and Leahy the January Porkers of the Month. Read more about the Porkers of the Month. Watch the January Porker of the Month video.
|CAGW Re-Releases Ad on the National Debt
On January 24, CAGW re-released its national ad drawing attention to the country’s spending addiction and the dangers of mounting deficits. Known as the “Chinese Professor,” the ad ran on FOX News Channel and CNN on January 24 and 25 in advance of the President’s State of the Union address. As President Obama spoke to the nation about its fiscal health and outlined his legislative agenda for the year, CAGW’s ad reminded taxpayers about the government’s crushing debt. Watch the “Chinese Professor.”
|CAGW Responds to the State of the Union Address
In response to President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 25, CAGW President Tom Schatz issued the following statement: “We are pleased with the President’s commitment to veto bills containing earmarks, something our organization has championed for 22 years. Regrettably, a White House factsheet has already indicated that bills with ‘special interest’ earmarks will be vetoed, potentially leaving the determination of ‘special’ or ‘national’ interest up to the President. We hope President Obama treats all earmarks as equally unjustified…In the first 35 minutes of President Obama’s speech, he talked about the programs that he wants to create, when he should have talked about which should be cut…Disappointingly, President Obama said he will cap, rather than cut, non-defense discretionary spending for five years. Such spending has increased by 23 percent since 2008, and the national debt has increased by $3 trillion over the last two years. The status quo is insufficient. Pledging to cap spending at current inflated levels is like Octomom pledging not to have any more children.” Read more of CAGW President Tom Schatz’s reaction to the State of the Union address.
|From “The Swine Line”: Planned Spending Cuts Do Not Include Defense
While considering budget cuts, Congress should also take a hard look at defense spending, opines CAGW Research Associate Sean Kennedy on CAGW’s “Swine Line” blog. Republican leaders came to office with a mandate to trim wasteful spending. However, Republicans have thus far refused to target defense or security spending. Defined as money spent on wars, non-war defense, veterans, and homeland security, this type of spending constitutes nearly two-thirds of all discretionary spending. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has adamantly stated that the Pentagon can find areas to save money. Some Republicans, including Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), consider defense spending a viable option to reduce the budget deficit. Sen. Coburn has even suggested that the Department of Defense budget be frozen, with an audit to follow designed to find $50 billion in cuts. Nevertheless, the wider party has not accepted such alternatives. Read more at swineline.org and leave your comments.
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Read the monthly newsletter online. This month’s issue includes the articles:
Does Obamacare Save or Cost Money?
Federal Housing Administration: The Next Big Fannie?
High-Speed Rail off the Tracks
New House Rules Focus Members on Making Serious Spending Cuts
Nationally Syndicated Columnist Cal Thomas (January 27, 2011): “The Spending Cuts Challenge”
The Fiscal Times (January 26, 2011): “GOP: Smart Spending Can Reduce the Growing Deficit”
WUSA 9 D.C.(January 25, 2011): “Federal Agency Headquarters Leave Lights on in DC”
FOX News (January 20, 2011): “Cost of 1,000 Federal Committees Leaves Taxpayers with Skyrocketing Bill”
FOX News (January 15, 2011): “China Preparing for U.S. Ad Blitz during Hu Visit”