Cronyism Running Amok – Pork….. Pork….. Pork…. Spending ! Spending ! Spending !

The media is drumming the beat of “Sandy Relief” all day in their insufferable effort to ridicule the House of Representatives for failing to “Bail Out” New York and New Jersey. Why? Because they will NEVER want to expose the pork stuffed into the “fiscal cliff deal”….

undefined(Via ABC News) The “fiscal cliff” compromise has been heralded as a saving grace for middle class taxpayers, their families and the unemployed.

But buried in the fine print of the 150-page deal are also some lesser-known New Year’s gifts to some of Washington’s favorite industries. [...]

The mix of tax perks covering the next year, but with budget implications for the next two years includes everything from incentives for employers to hire veterans to incentives for employers to invest in mine safety. But it also includes these:

  • $430 million for Hollywood through “special expensing rules” to encourage TV and film production in the United States.  Producers can expense up to $15 million of costs for their projects.
  • $331 million for railroads by allowing short-line and regional operators to claim a tax credit up to 50 percent of the cost to maintain tracks that they own or lease.
  • $222 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through returned excise taxes collected by the federal government on rum produced in the islands and imported to the mainland.
  • $70 million for NASCAR by extending a “7-year cost recovery period for certain motorsports racing track facilities.”
  • $59 million for algae growers through tax credits to encourage production of “cellulosic biofuel” at up to $1.01 per gallon

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Here is a graphic from Zero Hedge on what actually took place:

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17 Responses to Cronyism Running Amok – Pork….. Pork….. Pork…. Spending ! Spending ! Spending !

  1. AghastInFL says:

    I read a comment earlier today on another board, just a few things the MSM ignores in lieu of demonizing the GOP:

    * Sandy relief shouldn’t include $56.8 million for charting the debris from last year’s Japanese tsunami.

    * Sandy relief shouldn’t include fisheries in Alaska

    * Sandy relief shouldn’t include $20 million for a nationwide “Water Resources Priorities Study”.

    * Sandy relief shouldn’t include $188 million for new Amtrak lines (not repair, whole new lines).

    * Sandy relief shouldn’t include $100 million for the federal Head Start day care program.

    FEMA still has $5 billion in disaster relief funds that are expected to last until March.

  2. 22tula says:

    “Beware of Years that End in 13″
    by Lawrence W. Reed – January 2, 2012
    http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/beware-of-years-that-end-in-13#axzz2GqmHBIFT

  3. Ugh says:

    I agree with one thing zero said last nite, ” when congress passes a law they need to PAY for that spending”.

    • Sharon says:

      …of course, he didn’t mention the trillions in spending that he has grandfathered into the ever increasing spending continuations due to his refusal to produce a budget for the last five years. And now the new spending will be grandfathered into to every Continuing Resolution going forward. Budgets smudgets, who needs budgets.

      Economic treason is the gift he brought.

  4. ed357 says:

    We are being governed by two distinct branches of one insatiable party……

    THE BIG GOVERNMENT PARTY…..

    I fear for my freedom.

    • cajunkelly says:

      I feel like I’m in a perpetual state of mourning. As someone else said;

      America, that beautiful land of the free and the home of the brave that I grew up in is now dead. May she rest in peace. I miss her.

  5. cajunkelly says:

    It was Katrina that began my utter contempt for the gimme crowd. Yes, before Katrine I had no sympathy for them, but what I witnessed first hand ignited pure disdain and contempt for them.

    SIX YEARS after Katrina there were still members of the gimme club living in the Katrina trailers. Then they filed suit over formaldehyde in those *free* trailers and yep, you betcha, they got big bucks settlements.

    Google Katrina FEMA trailer parks if you can stomach more outrage. There were studies resulting in “children in FEMA trailer parks are anemic”. Look for another huge government payout from that. Certainlly they’ll be able to somehow blame that on something the Government did or didn’t do for them.

    These residents living free thanks to our taxes were still getting their government subsidy checks and food stamps. They HAD no expenses…no power bills, no water bills, etc. So WHY, six years later, were they “financially unable” to resume their lives outside those FEMA trailer camps?

    When FEMA finally said *enough* and began closing some of those trailer parks the cries of ‘ohhhh the inhumanity!” could probably be heard north of the Mason Dixon.

    I still feel disgust when I remember the looters who instead of looting for food or survival supplies were looting big screen televisions, BOOZE and big bucks tennis shoes.

    Google “Looter Louie”

  6. czarowniczy says:

    I emailed Gov Christy’s office, basically reminding him that seven years after Katrina FEMA, who promised they’d learned by their mistakes and the Prez, who promised prompt and effective relief, had pulled another Charlie Brown and Lucy on him. The FEMA staff, as all Federal civil service is wont to do, took care of itself first and carried out a glacial relief effort with the same speed the professional bureaucrats did during Katrina. I also reminded him that Federal relief and rebuilding funds promised to us seven years ago are still trickling in. No reports regarding special FEMA treatment for promonent politicians impacted by Sandy, as happened during Katrina, but they may be coming. I didn’t get into his disgusting petting party with the POtuS but I’m sure he’s heard enough about that now to regret his disgusting display of political naiveté.

  7. howie says:

    The Federal Government has gone mad. It is out of control and getting worse. I don’t think it can last much longer.

  8. whoseyore says:

    Probably most of you Brietbart fans already saw this memory clip from 2008, but for those who haven’t, here is a blast from the past. I actually remember this promise.
    http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=90085&sitesection=breitbart&VID=24125943

  9. janc1955 says:

    Is it possible to find out the names of the you-know-who’s behind the pork? It seems it’s easy enough to get the pork menu, but I never see the names of the SOB’s I’d like to beat within an inch of their lives.

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