Ohio will miss 'pork' funds from Congress | The Columbus Dispatch

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In the ongoing fight over federal spending, nothing has taken more heat - or faces a greater long-term prospect of extinction - than the earmark.

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Dirk

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Good, enough with pork
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"....the responsibility to rein in spending and make necessary cuts and sometimes very difficult cuts," said Rep. Steve Austria, R-Beavercreek, one of three Ohioans on the House Appropriations Committee."

Where are the visionaries in Congress that built the interstate highway system, sent us to the moon, built the Columbia river and TWA power systems? In an environment where business is sitting trillions of dollars on the sidelines, people need jobs, and the only people making money - the rich- are using it for personal consumption - Austria and the Republican mantra on nothing but cutting spending just spirals us ever downward and downward. Their broken record economics got us into one near depression...now they want to take us to a second. Every federal spending cut is money out of the pocket of the private business and workers who build and make the things those projects need. We don't need a race to the bottom right now but that is what the Republicans and the Tea Party are trying to give us.Don't let them do that to us!
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Pork along with welfare has depleted our financial stability. Something must be cut and we can start with welfare for once.
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What no more of the Obama stash of cash to unions and marxist groups? Change for hope!!
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Sherrod Brown must be so sad. What can he do if he can't "spread the wealth" to his constituents?
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How about cutting the military budget by 50% since it accounts for about 50% of all discretionary spending (and a large dose of interest on the debt). These waste chasers out to go where the real money is--military contracts, but we know what they would say about that--"It is unpatriotic and the bad guys are gonna get us!" Lockheed Martin, Halliburton, GE, etc, they all are living mightily off the public dole, and we shouldn't forget that GE made 5.1 billion in the US (over 14 billion worldwide) and paid no taxes in the US. No doubt they got millions on public funded subsidies, the public dole. The crazies are running things, and as long as they are the people haven't got a chance to compete with the moneyed interests.
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Sherrod Brown must be so sad. What can he do if he can't "spread the wealth" to his constituents?
Oh yeah, like the Republicans don't chew on pork. If you read the article, one example emblematic of it is the Bridge to Nowhere. Come to think of it, that's a pretty good euphemism for the right-wing philosophic point of view, or is a sophmoronic point of view?

Going after 1% of the budget? Yeah, that will make a difference, unless of course you are one of the confused out rallying for the interests of the top 1% while your own interests get crushed by the oligarchy. You will never know what hit you, but at least you can blame the other side for your misery. Jefferson's ideal of an educated and informed public takes another shot in the face, and democracy takes one to the ribs.
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It's about time to cut the "pork" programs, including welfare. It's up to the 'money hording' CEO's to put people back to work, not the government. As for Obama, hope his wife stays in the USA - her trip to Africa cost us approximately a million dollars. We can't afford their vacations! Obama should start cutting costs at home.

As for the companies that moved out of the USA, tax them to the hilt. We should also end all of the cheap merchandise coming from foreign countries. There's nothing better then products made in the USA. Put OUR citizens back to work!
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The majority of politicans are weasels and millionaires. They speak with "forked tongue". We need to make pow wow and and hunt devils. Ugh!
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One of the biggest pork programs is allowing tax deductions for home mortgages. Why should the federal government be involved in the decision of people to buy houses rather than use their money elsewhere. Let the market replace government nudging.
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Everyone wants pork cut - except their own.
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retired wrote:
One of the biggest pork programs is allowing tax deductions for home mortgages. Why should the federal government be involved in the decision of people to buy houses rather than use their money elsewhere. Let the market replace government nudging.
What? Is your house paid for? I see your name is retired. Retarded might be more apropos.
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"....the responsibility to rein in spending and make necessary cuts and sometimes very difficult cuts," said Rep. Steve Austria, R-Beavercreek, one of three Ohioans on the House Appropriations Committee."
Where are the visionaries in Congress that built the interstate highway system, sent us to the moon, built the Columbia river and TWA power systems? In an environment where business is sitting trillions of dollars on the sidelines, people need jobs, and the only people making money - the rich- are using it for personal consumption - Austria and the Republican mantra on nothing but cutting spending just spirals us ever downward and downward. Their broken record economics got us into one near depression...now they want to take us to a second. Every federal spending cut is money out of the pocket of the private business and workers who build and make the things those projects need. We don't need a race to the bottom right now but that is what the Republicans and the Tea Party are trying to give us.Don't let them do that to us!
Tell me something if you were a company sitting on trillions of dollars (which itself is a lie: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-biggest-... ) would you want to hire anyone new knowing that you are going to get taxed to death in the near future by hiring new employees (READ: OBAMACARE)? Think about it.
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Clearing theCloud of Dust wrote:
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Oh yeah, like the Republicans don't chew on pork. If you read the article, one example emblematic of it is the Bridge to Nowhere. Come to think of it, that's a pretty good euphemism for the right-wing philosophic point of view, or is a sophmoronic point of view?
Going after 1% of the budget? Yeah, that will make a difference, unless of course you are one of the confused out rallying for the interests of the top 1% while your own interests get crushed by the oligarchy. You will never know what hit you, but at least you can blame the other side for your misery. Jefferson's ideal of an educated and informed public takes another shot in the face, and democracy takes one to the ribs.
Fiscal responsibility. Perhaps new words for Ohio congress and about time. I don't care whose idea it is but the earmarks had to go.
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Getting rid of earmarks will push them underground where there is even less accountability. The route to take is to have each earmark have a name associated with it (i.e. Rep X or Sen Y)

"John Boehner, R-West Chester, say in a time of fiscal crisis, earmarks have no place in federal funding." Yeah, who cares about at-risk kids or hospitals Mr. Speaker. Dummy.

I wish reporters would challenge politicians who are against earmarks. Ask them, are they against the earmark that went to Children's Hospital?

This says it all "they account for less than 1 percent of federal discretionary spending." So, in other words all the talk about earmarks is politically motivated and won't do a damn thing for the deficit.
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As the 6th largest state, 10th in pork is not as impressive/evil as you may think. But China and the super rich certainly love you enslaving your grandchildren while you spend your way to re-election.
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DrC Ohio wrote:
Getting rid of earmarks will push them underground where there is even less accountability. The route to take is to have each earmark have a name associated with it (i.e. Rep X or Sen Y)
"John Boehner, R-West Chester, say in a time of fiscal crisis, earmarks have no place in federal funding." Yeah, who cares about at-risk kids or hospitals Mr. Speaker. Dummy.
I wish reporters would challenge politicians who are against earmarks. Ask them, are they against the earmark that went to Children's Hospital?
This says it all "they account for less than 1 percent of federal discretionary spending." So, in other words all the talk about earmarks is politically motivated and won't do a damn thing for the deficit.
Dr C, the Bankruptcy expert. Spend, spend, spend, Rich Evil, Union Good, Feed me, feed me. Oh yeah, Repuklicans are the source of all evil. The mindset of the blissful left.
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DrC Ohio wrote:
Getting rid of earmarks will push them underground where there is even less accountability. The route to take is to have each earmark have a name associated with it (i.e. Rep X or Sen Y)
"John Boehner, R-West Chester, say in a time of fiscal crisis, earmarks have no place in federal funding." Yeah, who cares about at-risk kids or hospitals Mr. Speaker. Dummy.
I wish reporters would challenge politicians who are against earmarks. Ask them, are they against the earmark that went to Children's Hospital?
This says it all "they account for less than 1 percent of federal discretionary spending." So, in other words all the talk about earmarks is politically motivated and won't do a damn thing for the deficit.
The problem is it all adds up. Build a museum, a grant to a hospital, everyone has a cause.

If we want to fix our country's financials, everything needs cut. We don't have the money!
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At 1%, the pork debate is all about symbolism and emotion. Sure, it is real money, and budgets need all the help they can get...at all levels.

But the debate reminds me of the thief street magician who waves the hand he wants you to look at while grabbing your wallet with the other. We have much bigger spending problems than the pork.

We really must wake up to that reality and make the hard decisions politicians and citizens have run from for years.
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Thinker wrote:
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The problem is it all adds up. Build a museum, a grant to a hospital, everyone has a cause.
If we want to fix our country's financials, everything needs cut. We don't have the money!
Then what is "pork?" You could say rebuilding the roads in Ohio are pork. People are so consumed by this notion that all spending is bad it is damaging this country. Yes, we have all heard about the bridge to nowhere and agree that is wasteful spending. Instead of throwing the baby out with the bath water, we should put in place a better system to track it. Plus, do you really think having "no earmarks" will solve the problem? It won't. And until republicans want to talk about raising taxes, leave the 1% alone.

Also, you can either pay me now or pay me more later. If we invest in things like hospitals and tey can provide better care (and preventative care), then it saves us all more in the long run.

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