No Pork

In his press conference the other night, the President said there is no pork in the stimulus package.
The president, however, is one of the few pretending that his package isn't filled with silly spending at best, and highly politicized spending, at worst.
Is there no pork, or do we just not care?
Lawmakers and administration officials divulged Wednesday that the $789 billion economic stimulus bill being finalized behind closed doors in Congress includes $30 million for wetlands restoration that the Obama administration intends to spend in the San Francisco Bay Area to protect, among other things, the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi represents the city of San Francisco and has previously championed preserving the mouse's habitat in the Bay Area.
Okay. I guess we don't care.
The so-called "Stimulus Bill" contains language creating a federal health information system to be used to track whether doctors are being cost effective in their care of patients. No joke. Read the Bill!
Could it be that Schumer is wrong?
Schumer’s bill has more on its agenda than stimulus: Costly green energy, building school science labs, funneling money to low-wage earners, starting electronic medical records, and paying off political debts with a $4,000,000,000 plum to vote-getting friends like ACORN to ready them for the next campaign. This isn’t an economic package. This is a political package — no better than a Chicago-style mugging to gather political control. Schumer, the master powerbroker, hopes Americans don’t care about the porky amendments… or about the permanent political campaign in which he and President Obama are engaged.
Reid's working to get his porky pork, too.
In late-stage talks, Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pressed for $8 billion to construct high-speed rail lines, quadrupling the amount in the bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday. Reid's office issued a statement noting that a proposed Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas rail might get a big chunk of the money.
That's Congress for you. Rising to the occasion.