October 2nd, 2009
10:33 AM ET
12 years ago

Even in time of war, 'pork' still reigns

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama campaigned on a vow to end wasteful spending, but even in a time of war and record deficits, pork still reigns on Capitol Hill.

Funds meant to help U.S. troops at war are instead being spent on senators' pet projects that are geared more toward helping their home states.

Utah National Guardsmen returning from risky deployments receive a gesture of appreciation, a video scrapbook about their battalion and tour of duty. The video is produced by a business in Utah called StoryRock.

Utah's Republican Sen. Robert Bennett wants to help his home-state company take their project nationwide, so he's secured a $5 million earmark in the defense spending bill.

That $5 million comes from the fund that's supposed to pay for troops' basic needs such as food, fuel and ammunition.

But Bennett says the project saves money in the end.

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  1. J.Philip

    Adding Pork to the Defense Bil is a typical Democrat ploy, has been and always will be.

    How about that transparency thingy there Obabots ?

    October 2, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Doug, New Jersey

    Well I guess Obama has satisfied those liberal plants pretending to be conservative that claim he is a Muslim. Yup, the ones who screamed kill him about Obama at the Palin speech, the ones who went to the 9/12 protest and held up racist signs.

    Obama can't be Muslim, never before in the history of this nation has one poltician let alone president been so in love, so supportive, so in favor of pork for his fellow dishonest lib Democrat crony crooks as Barak. He is at the head of the new Democrat party whose sole goal is to screw over and steal from honest Americans while rewarding the worst people who have ever lived in this nation.

    October 2, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Sam Sixpack

    The worst is yet to come. Your leaders are on their way to sucking $500 billion out of Medicare. They will then divide it up as suits them. The money that goes where it is supposed to go will end up in the pockets of insurance executives. Why wouldn’t every conscientious congressman help themselves to as much of it as possible – for the good of the folks back home?

    October 2, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. No More Incumbents

    And why should we reelect any of these career politicians? WAKE UP AMERICA!

    October 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Larry

    Good old Republicans ...

    Steal from the poor, and give to the rich ...

    True Republican conservative values ....

    October 2, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Jilli

    Seems that mr. bennett has exposed himself as a hypocrit. So the next time he decides to rail on fiscal conservatancy, we can all have a good laugh.

    October 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. donttreadonme

    Wow the mainstream media who mostly shut their eyes to the billions of dollars of Pork in Obama's "stimulus" are jumping all over anything that benifits the evil military.

    October 2, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Bob in Pa

    Ther you go, lets get rid of some fuel and food to pay for a video.
    Ay yay yay.

    October 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. andrea

    A Video Scrapbook ??? Saves Money in the end ??? I like Bennett to explain that one.
    I am ashamed to say, I live in Utah !

    October 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. jt

    Remember when obama said "there are no earmarks in this stimulus bill"???

    October 2, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Reconsidering my 2010 Vote

    Unbelievable. As long as the politicians keep us going at each other
    (Dems vs Reps) they will continue to get away with this and worse. When are we ever going to learn what our forfathers warned us about. It IS about we the people vs them the Gov.

    October 2, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. ran

    What we need is a truly viable 3rd party. Without it we will never get our country back from those whose only interest is self not the whole.

    October 2, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. LouAz

    This crap started during the CIVIL WAR, and neither Congress or the voting public has ever cared to do anything about it. As long as I get my share, then a little graft is OK, isn't it ?

    October 2, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Emmanuel Goldstein

    But our Dear Leader promised us this wouldn't happen, that he would run things better, didn't he?

    And you libs, you deplored this sort of spending. Don't you find it outrageous?

    Libs? Anyone there? Bueller? Bueller?

    (sound of crickets chirping).

    October 2, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Worley Leminster

    Obama made a thousand promises that those of us who have been around a while know are not possible to keep (and he's not keeping them).

    October 2, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. southerncousin

    Hey, more great news on unemployment today from the administration that had to rush the "porkulus" bill through to save the United Auto Workers Executive golf course. Phony liberal crap.

    October 2, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |

    Obama campaigned to END WASTEFUL SPENDING, HaHa

    Then the Obama's go to Denmark to play up the Olympics.

    Unemployment equals 9.8% and they havent counted the people from Saturn yet to close




    October 2, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. mike

    If Palin runs, Obama could win the next election. But if she doesn't, i'm not so sure. This pork has just got to stop. States are cutting back, why shouldn't the feds cut back. i will not be voting for one incumbent–state or federal when it comes time.

    October 2, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. TH - ATL

    Another campaign promise not only broken but completely ignored.

    October 2, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Duck Fallas

    I have to send a check every month to a couple of Marines that are struggling to make ends meet. Maybe next month they can eat Utah's Republican Sen. Robert Bennett's video tapes.

    October 2, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Sniffit

    Someone please post a quote from Bennett railing about Obama and the Dem's "tax and spend soshulizms!!!" or some such nonsense. First one to get one up here gets a free earmark in the next spending bill.

    October 2, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Kerry J

    Gee...if I were a soldier what would I want...better armored Humvees, better body armor or a scrap book! You have got to be kidding! Or at least put 5 million into improving the Walter Reed hospital. This scrapbook project smells like a favor to someone at the scrapbook place.

    October 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Bluebonnet

    This Senator should be voted out of office!! The very nerve of any congressman, senator, whoever, putting PORK in any bill much less one supporting our military. I cannot believe he would take away from much needed basic needs for the valiant men and women fighting and serving on his part!! He should be strung from the highest tree!! No punishment is too severe for the likes of this man.

    October 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. DT

    As active military I say its disgusting...everyone swears they support us but are quick to take from us...both sides...just disgusting...

    October 2, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe, NM


    October 2, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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