According to the Salinas Californian, Citizens Against Government Waste today named Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, the nation’s Porker of the Month for adding $25 million for spinach growers to the fiscal 2007 emergency supplemental bill.
Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who CAGW says have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.
Rep. Farr countered, “It’s easy to make fun of spinach, but if we had eaten more of it, we would be a stronger society.” While spinach does provide health benefits, compensation to its growers does not contribute to a stronger military, which was supposed to have been the focus of the bill.
Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., offered an amendment to remove the spinach provision from the bill, but it was defeated. At the time, he noted that a “$25 million bailout for spinach owners demeans the bill. It holds Congress up to ridicule.”
Sam, people are both sickened by you and laughing at you – a deadly combination for a guy whose job it is to kiss ass.