John McCain tweets. He tweets about meeting this or that official, or being interviewed by KTVK 3TV News in Phoenix AZ etc etc
But what he is seemingly tweeting most about is his favourite subject: Earmarks. Just look at his recent earmark tweetings listed below (all taken from the Fiscal Stimulus bill, I imagine). The man’s obsessed. He ran a substantial part of his Presidential campaign against earmarks and now he continues it day in, day out.
Just one small point, however. Let’s just take one example which he ridicules – $900,000 for fish management. It is his Number Two Porkiest project for today. He comments: “How does one manage a fish?” As Indavisable says: “Is he really this stupid?” Perhaps McCain, from land-locked Arizona, doesn’t know much about fish. But you don’t need to know much about fish to know what “fish management” is – roughly. The grant is for Mobile, Alabama, which is a very significant water area:
The Mobile Delta consists of approximately 20,323 acres of water just north of Mobile Bay. Second only to the Mississippi River Delta in size, the Mobile Delta is an environmental showplace that is 30 miles long and 12 miles wide. It covers more than 200,000 acres of swamps, river bottomlands and marshes. Congress named the Mobile Delta a National Natural Landmark in 1974; fewer than 600 sites have received that honor. It is formed by the confluence of the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers. The Mobile Delta is a complex network of tidally influenced rivers, creeks, bays, lakes, wetlands, and bayous.
John McCain just doesn’t get it, does he? He seems to see all “earmarks” or “pork barrel projects” as evil wastes of taxpayers’ money. But the money isn’t wasted is it? In this case, the $900,000 will buy goods and services which will employ people who will then spend money to employ other people who will then spend….see Maynard Keynes’ Accelerator effect.
The other thing, of course, is that if you live in Mobile, Alabama, you’ll be delighted by this news. And the other earmarks which McCain tweets are sprayed all over the States, resulting in a lot of grateful communities which will get an economic shot in the arm. That’s hardly evil is it?
#8. $118,750 for a building to house an aircraft display in Rantoul, IL5 minutes ago from web
#9. $380,000 for a recreation and fairground area in Kotzebue, AK6 minutes ago from web
10. $190,000 to build a Living Science Museum in New Orleans, LA34 minutes ago from web
#1. $951,500 for the Oregon Solar Highwayabout 19 hours ago from web
#2. $900,000 for fish management – how does one manage a fish…about 20 hours ago from web
#3. $380,000 to revitalize downtown Aliceville, ALabout 21 hours ago from web
4. $380,000 for lighthouses in Maineabout 21 hours ago from web
#5. $819, 000 for catfish genetics research in Alabamaabout 23 hours ago from web
#6. $190,000 for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WYabout 23 hours ago from web
#7. $400,000 for copper wire theft prevention effortsabout 24 hours ago from web
#8. $47,500 to remodel and expand a playground in Ottawa, IL8:29 AM Mar 3rd from web
#9. $209,000 to improve blueberry production and efficiency in GA8:20 AM Mar 3rd from web
#10. $285,000 for the Discovery Center of Idaho in Boise, ID8:06 AM Mar 3rd from web