Sunday, April 13, 2008

Why there's no money for anything

Among the hundreds of dubious pork-barrel projects larded into the just-completed state budget is a group devoted to quilt-making, a doll museum and a "gay day" in the Catskills, The Post has learned.

There's also cash for synchronized swimmers, rowers in Syracuse and onion research at Cornell University.

It's all part of $200 million for local pork projects that have been stuffed into the state spending plan and unearthed in a review by The Post.

The lawmakers who sought funding for each project are not identified but will be made public later in the year.



Anonymous said...

These things make great headlines, but if you really want to make a dent in public spending, you have to look at medicare, social security, welfare, etc. These thing are the real pork and over half our tax dollars are wasted here. No politician has the balls to say this. Instead we waste time going after gay day. You could ompletely wipe out this type of pork and it would not make a dent in the budget.

Anonymous said...

I think its the principle. You are pandering to all kinds of interest groups while those that are fighting for the communities, like the communities they represent, are being hollowed out.

You can do a lot with money in the right hands. You can do a lot of damage with money in the wrong hands.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately this is the kind of talk which has us whistling past the graveyard. This is common with today's politicians. Instead of making the tough decisions they chose to go after the low hanging fruit which in the end does nothing to solve the larger issue. If you are talking about why there's no money for anything, it because all its all being frittered away on social services. Not because there is a doll museum.

Anonymous said...

Bring on the list. We all want to see it.