Big Pig takes Pork crown

The Democrats may not have much to show for their vaunted agenda after taking control of the Congress last year, but they have excelled in at least one area: congressional pork. And no one was more successful at it than Abscam’s “unindicted co-conspirator,” the Round Mound of Money Found, the Plump Pony of Cronies, Rep. John Murtha, (D-PA). The New York Times dubs him “King of Pork”:

Mr. Murtha led all House members this year, securing $162 million in district favors, according to the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. In all, eager members in both houses enacted 11,144 earmarks, worth $15 billion. Taxpayers may be inured to $113,000 for rodent control in Alaska or a million for Idaho’s weed management. Mr. Murtha’s universe is a far more complicated and costly creation of interlocking contractors who continue to feed at the public trough despite reviews questioning their performance.

In 1991, Mr. Murtha used a $5 million earmark to create the National Defense Center for Environmental Excellence in Johnstown to develop anti-pollution technology for the military. Since then, it has garnered more than $670 million in contracts and earmarks. Meanwhile it is managed by another contractor Mr. Murtha helped create, Concurrent Technologies, a research operation that somehow was allowed to be set up as a tax-exempt charity, according to The Washington Post. Thanks to Mr. Murtha, Concurrent has boomed; the annual salary for its top three executives averages $462,000.

Read it all at the above link. Of course, none of these “projects” has accomplished anything for our national defense or any other common good – unless you consider lining the pockets of Murtha’s associates so they can keep him in office to deliver more taxpayer largesse to them the “common good.”

Murtha is a thoroughly despicable man, which makes him eminently qualified for his position in the House Democratic Leadership.

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