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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Spending bill retains pork, cuts troop funding

The Washington Post points out on this issue that, it being an election year and all, we can pretty much expect a massive spike in pork barrel spending from Congress. And with the GOP in control, that means more GOP pork during a time of a two-front war and the highest deficits in history. Since the money can't come from wealthy Americans or big business, it's coming from "troop pay [and] body armor," as even Bush acknowledges.

These funds support U.S. Armed Forces and Coalition partners as we advance democracy, fight the terrorists and insurgents, and train and equip Iraqi security forces so that they can defend their sovereignty and freedom.

Where is the money in the bill going? According to the WaPo, agribusiness and "developers and casino interests," among others.