Got my first bill yesterday. It explains that Oldham County is responding to an unfunded "federal mandate" that requires it to perform a "number of detailed tasks related to the 1972 Federal Clean Water Act to provide safe surface water quality".
In case you aren't aware, the stimulus bill is still loaded with pork.
"The bill includes $1.8 million to conduct research in Iowa on “swine odor and manure management.”
The legislation includes $173,000 for research on asparagus production in Washington State; $206,000 for wool research in Montana, Texas and Wyoming; and $209,000 for efforts to improve blueberry production in Georgia.
It also includes $208,000 to control a weed known as cogongrass in Mississippi; $1.2 million to control cormorants in Michigan, Mississippi, New York and Vermont; $1 million to control Mormon crickets in Utah; and $162,000 to control rodents in Hawaii.
Democrats also earmarked money for the presidential libraries of three Democrats: Franklin D. Roosevelt ($17.5 million), John F. Kennedy ($22 million) and Lyndon B. Johnson ($2 million)."
In case you haven't figured out the big picture yet, we're paying for our own clean water. WATER!!!!! We sent ourselves into generational debt to pay for things like presidential libraries (Please! This is insane!) and pig odor, and we have to pay to keep the water clean? Doesn't that sort of take a priority?
Besides food, water is pretty important. We can't live long without it! I could live a really long time if I never once visited a presidential library or figured out why pigs smell so bad.
What's next? "Unfunded" federal mandates that we provide our own medical care? This is worse than socialism. It's communism. How about "unfunded" federal mandates that you stay silent on the issues?