Obama’s “Driving-Around Money” — Taxpayer Dollars

Written by Gary North on September 4, 2012

In the days of machine politics, there was a phenomenon called walking-around money. Ward heelers with cash in their pockets would walk around a precinct and pay bums on the street to go in and vote for the party’s candidates. Today, that is no longer done. Today, the money is in the hundreds of millions. […]

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Flying Pork: The $17,000 Helicopter Drip Pan

Written by Gary North on May 22, 2012

Yes, my friends, it costs $17,000 for the Defense Department to buy a drip pan for helicopters. They normally cost $2,500. But not drip pans made in Kentucky. But why should the defense department pay $17,000 for a drip pan made in Kentucky? Because of an earmark inserted into the budget. It was inserted by […]

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These Congressmen Are Spending Us into the Poorhouse

Written by Gary North on March 19, 2012

Congressmen have a long-term a strategy of tacking boondoggle spending projects onto bills unrelated to these projects. These unrelated projects are called “earmarks.” These projects bring federal money into their districts. This is the process called “bringing home the bacon.” It is also called “pork.” Earmarking is a widespread practice. It has gotten worse in […]

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