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Obama's Top Ten “Porky” Projects:

10-$1.7 million for a honeybee lab
9- $800,000 to study catfish genetics
8- $8 billion train from Las Vegas to San Francisco
7- $5 million for salaries at the Sugar Beet Lab in Michigan
6- $500,000 for the fruit fly research
5- $200,000 for Tattoo removal in Los Angeles
4- $400,000 to train teachers on bullying

……and the bronze, silver and gold go to these stars:

3- $59 million to study the mating habits of the Pacific salmon
2- $2 million for astronomy awareness in Hawaii!
1- $1.8 million to study the effect of swine odor on the environment

can't we find better things to spend tax dollars on?

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Asked by sammiesmom2000 at 10:00 AM on Mar. 9, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (36)
  • You aren't serious are you? These were put into that package?

    Answer by njmommy2boys at 10:04 AM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • omg....I had heard of some of these. Heck even Chris Mathews was slamming Obama for this crap...he REALLY needs to tread carefully here.....

    Answer by momof030404 at 10:08 AM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • Yes they were put into the package. I'm watching the news and they were just talking about how 5 million dollars was earmarked to study sugarbeets. why in the hell do we need to study sugarbeets?

    Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 10:10 AM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • The only one I can understand is the honeybee research. I have heard that the bees are becoming endangered and that we need them. So, that I could understand but tattoo removal and these others...

    Answer by njmommy2boys at 10:16 AM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • #10: 1.7M for honey bee factory in Texas. Two things: In case the Senator doesn’t know it the ag business is having a real problem with bee pollination as there’s been an unexplained drop in bee population. If there’s a new plant being built they, presumably, will have to either help other breed more bee’s to produce more honey or do it themselves.


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:21 AM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • As much as I'm against the whole thing, most of these projects do create jobs. They may not seem important to you, but if you had a job in the sugar beet industry, or were a marine biologist, or made honey for a living, this would be very helpful.

    Tattoo removal, and bully training, not so much.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:21 AM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • Dateline: Science Daily Feb, 2008 using materials in part provided by the US Dept of Agriculture: In response to a fast-spreading syndrome called colony collapse disorder (CCD) that’s striking honey bees nationwide, scientists at Agricultural Research Service (ARS) bee laboratories across the country are pooling their expertise. They want to learn what’s causing the disappearance of the honey bees that add about $15 billion a year to the value of U.S. crops by pollinating fruit, vegetable, tree nut and berry crops. Some beekeepers have already lost one-half to two-thirds of their colonies to CCD.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:21 AM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • #8 $200,ooo in tattoo removal funds so gang bangers can leave their past behind. Senator McCain’s reaction is “REALLY?”.

    Sorry, Senator, but since you didn’t grow up in a barrio or ghetto you wouldn’t know that those tat’s mark you for life and identify you as a gang member. That automatically marks you publicly for the oppo gang to take you out under certain circumstances

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:23 AM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • At the very least, it makes it almost impossible to get a decent job, even if you’ve left the ‘Vato loco’ life behind and gotten a decent education.The man in this photo is trying to get into a tattoo removal program.

    Even the Marine Corps will not allow visible tattoo’s. By not be able to afford tattoo removal, which isn’t cheap, fast or comfortable, they simply can’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps as so many advocate. Previous bad choices hold them back and lack of funds continue to hold them back.
    This is an odd earmark obviously for a city or program that’s trying to get people back into society and the marketplace to earn decent money and fill jobs. It sounds odd, Senator, but it’s needed. Also, the tattoo removal has to be contracted to some doctor or set of doctors. Therefore, more money in the economy.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:23 AM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • I imagine his primary objection to all this, and the seven left to come is that they were earmarked. An earmark only demands that the money allocated to the project can only be spent on that project. Now if it’s a bullshit set of projects that former Sen. Stevens in Alaska then ok…jump the bastard on the floor.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:24 AM on Mar. 9, 2009

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