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Trading in pork

Nancy Pelosi says she has found $70 million in highway bill earmarks (aka pork) in her district that she’s willing to give back to the treasury in order to defray the cost of Katrina recovery. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis has proposed a moratorium on all non-defense related earmarks in FY 2006. I’m guessing that close to 10% of the $27.3 billion in FY 2005 pork (as identified by the Citizens Against Government Waste comes from Congressional earmarks for colleges and universities. Here are a few examples. Are we in higher ed willing to do our share in helping to offset the cost of Gulf Coast recovery?

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Cut foreign aid for Christ’s sake! That will be more that enough. They don’t account for it anyway.

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