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Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Cut the Pork!

I noticed today that Townhall.com, a site which publishes conservative columnists, put a little ad at the bottom of each column which said:
TAKE ACTION... "Cut the pork"
The victims of Katrina sacrificed much to the storm. You, their fellow citizens, sacrificed time and money to help them recover. It is not too much to ask Congress to sacrifice its pork for one year.
That seemed like a good idea to me, so I clicked my way to a page where I could enter my zip code, and be offered a chance to write all of my representatives - the President, my two senators, and my congressman - with just one click.

To my surprise, that click did not result in a form letter, or even a template that I could fill in. There was just a blank edit box. Below is a copy of the letter that I wrote, with my personal information removed:
Subject: Get rid of the waste, at least for this year
To: "Townhall.com" <>
From: "Townhall.com" <>

September 28, 2005

[recipient address was inserted here]

Dear [recipient name was inserted here],


I realize that politicians have and always will spend tax-payer money on
projects which only serve to repay political favors, buy votes, and
self-aggrandize. I guess we all just have to live with that.

Nevertheless, I write today to ask that you please consider putting these
considerations aside for just one year, and cut all spending that is not
*vital* to the well-being of the country as a *whole*. Re-open the
transportation bill, and eliminate all earmarks. Legislators, publicly
renounce wasteful projects in your own state, and challenge other
politicans to do the same. Mr. President, announce a policy to veto any
legislation which contains more than, say, 5% pork.

This is the time for you to be true statesmen. We, the citizens and
taxpayers of this country, are currently drowning in debt both public and
private, face enormous additional fiscal burdens in the future, and are
still willing to sacrifice and donate to help those displaced and injured
by the recent Gulf hurricanes. Please join us by sacrificing your looting
priviledges just for one single, measly year. Try to think of it as an
investment. Maybe the resulting improvement in national morale will pay
off for you handsomely in the future!


Whadya think?

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