Against It Before He Was For It

And, I’m not talking about Democrat John Kerry and his Iraq War votes.

I’m talking about our current President, Barack Obama.

And the subject?

Pork.

When anti-pork Republican John McCain became Obama’s opponent, Obama started becoming anti-pork, too.

What would McCain do if Congress sent him a pork-laden bill?

Veto it.

What did Barack Obama do when Congress sent him a pork-laden bill?

Then, he signed it.


What courage.

As I have said before, politicians should be judged on what they do, not what they say.

Not to worry, a retired high school social studies teacher told me at lunch. A small percent of the total.

“A rounding error,” I observed to be polite.

It turns out it was $7.7 billion for pork in a bill of $410 billion.

1.9%–a bit more than a rounding error.

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Below is the list of what Illinois Congress folks got in this year’s budget,the one just passed and signed only about six months after the beginning of the fiscal year. The earmarkers are listed in descending order from highest to lowest dollar amount of pork projects.

  • Dick Durbin, 48 projects totaling $35,577, 250
  • Ray LaHood, 23 earmarks totaling $8,774,250
  • Rahm Emanuel, 10 earmarks totaling $6,523,000
  • Jerry Costello, 12 earmarks totaling $5,425,175
  • Dan Lipinski, 12 projects totaling $4,451,172
  • Melissa Bean, 10 earmarks totaling $3,687,314 (one in McHenry County)
  • Bill Foster, 12 earmarks totaling $3,095,000
  • Danny Davis, 10 earmarks totaling $3,066,014
  • Tim Johnson, 8 earmarks totaling $2,806,100
  • Jesse Jackson, Jr., 15 earmarks totaling $2,783,500
  • Peter Roskam, 12 earmarks totaling $2,655,330
  • John Shimkus, 13 earmarks totaling $2,421,750
  • Bobby Rush, 8 earmarks totaling $2,073,375
  • Don Manzullo, 6 earmarks totaling $2,070,500 (one in McHenry County)
  • Phil Hare, 7 earmarks totaling $2,031,000
  • Jan Schakowsky, 8 earmarks totaling $1,644,000
  • Luis Gutierrez, 2 earmarks totaling $760,000
  • Jerry Weller, 7 earmarks totaling $1,243,250

$47.8 million in total.

Eschewing pork were Republicans Judy Biggert and Mark Kirk.

Three retired members, Rahm Emanuel, Ray LaHood and Jerry Weller get credit for projects anyway.

Newly elected Congress folks Debbie Halvorson and Aaron Shock were not listed.

Neither was newly-appointed United States Senator Roland Burris.

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Pork articles that have appeared this year in McHenry County Blog follow:

Illinois Pork in the Commerce, Justice and Science Budgets

Illinois Defense Department Pork

Homeland Security Pork in Illinois

Return of Planetarium Pork

Ray LaHood Tucks $90,000 Bandstand Renovation in Congressional Budget

Pork Where You Might Expect It – in the Agriculture Budget

Illinois Comes Out on Short End of Military Pork

Illinois Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Congressional Earmarks – Part 1

Illinois Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Congressional Earmarks – Part 2 – Dick Durbin’s

Illinois Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Congressional Earmarks – Part 3

Illinois Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Congressional Earmarks – Part 4

Illinois Corps of Engineers Pork

The Illinois Congressional Pork Report

Earmarks in the Health & Human Services and Labor Budgets – Part 1

Dick Durbin Biggest Illinois Porkster

Dick Durbin’s Earmarks in the Health & Human Services and Labor Budgets – Part 2

Earmarks in the Health & Human Services and Labor Budgets – Part 3

Earmarks in the Health & Human Services and Labor Budgets – Part 4

Earmarks in the Health & Human Services and Labor Budgets – Part 5


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