Hightower: Republican Pork Dealers

Whew, there's a big stink coming from the old Washington Hog Trough again. Let's check it out in today's "Hog Report." Wait a minute -- these aren't hogs... they're elephants! It's those new Republican bull elephants of Congress, who said they were going to clean up the place. Instead, they're cleaning out the place, grabbing billions from the federal trough and passing it on to their big campaign contributors. These elephants are the self-described "deficit whackers" who voted to cut billions from your Medicare, austensibly to "balance the budget." But don't look now -- they're taking that money from you with one hand and quietly feeding it to their powerful contributors with their other hand. For example, here's a half-billion dollar a year handout for producers of ethanol, supposedly to benefit farmers. But guess who makes 70 percent of all the ethanol and will pocket nearly all of this subsidy? Archer-Daniels-Midland, a huge global corporation. And guess who pushed so hard for this giveaway? Sen. Bob Dole. Now, guess who has given more than $150,000 in campaign contributions to Senator Dole? Bingo! Archer-Daniel-Midland. Isn't this fun? Well, check out all the fun the big weapons contractors are having. They put some seven-and-a-half-million dollars into last year's congressional elections, and the GOP Congress is now paying them back with $7 Billion of your and my money, doling out contracts for weaponry the military says is not needed or won't work. Mississippi's GOP Senators Trent Lott and Thad Cochran, for example, have mugged us for $1.3 billion so Litton Industries can build two assault ships the Marines say they don't need. Guess where the ship will be built? In Mississippi, of course! When it comes to filling the corporate welfare trough, these elephants are the best porkers around.

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