Submitted By Todd on September 25th at 3:28pm
A large military spending bill moving through Congress contains a little-noticed outlay for Boston that has nothing to do with national defense: $20 million for an educational institute honoring late Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.Oh, how malicious the good government people can be! American soldiers will be denied so the federal government can fatten up the Kennedy legacy with more pork.
The earmark, tucked into the defense bill at the request of Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, requires US taxpayers to help the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate realize its goal of building a repository for Kennedy’s papers and an accompanying civic learning center on the University of Massachusetts at Boston campus in Dorchester, next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.Of the Kennedys...
The item is drawing fire from fiscal watchdog groups, who assert that military funds should not be raided to pay for an institution that has nothing to do with improving military readiness.By the Kennedys
Kerry strongly defended the insertion of the $20 million earmark yesterday. He requested that it be included in the $360 billion defense budget, he said, to recognize Kennedy’s long tenure on the Senate Armed Services Committee.For the Kennedys.
The $20 million earmark would cover as much as 40 percent of the institute’s initial fund-raising goal.Couldn't the Klan fund the Teddy Monument with private funds? If a home is needed for his papers, throw them in a basement in the Smithsonian - or some other already paid for building.
Using the national defense budget for such earmarks is considered a particular affront by those advocating for fiscal discipline in the midst of two wars that are straining Pentagon coffers. Overall, the Senate version of the bill includes 778 earmarks worth $2.65 billion, including a number that have little or nothing to do with military matters.The people must decide if we are to be in control of our own government, or if the Klan will remain in charge.