Good Morning Gentle Readers,
We are down to the wire and at this point it's fairly certain that YOU ain't getting a refund. As you struggle to come up with the balance due and perhaps the estimated payments due on the 15th as well, think hard about your government and its spending habits.
Just to help you feel special about bending over and digging deep, Citizens Against Government Waste has compiled the 2006 Congressional Pig Book, an ongoing chronicle of the outrage of pork barrel spending.
- $13,500,000 for the International Fund for Ireland, which helped finance the World Toilet Summit
- $6,435,000 for wood utilization research
- $1,000,000 for the Waterfree Urinal Conservation Initiative
- $500,000 for the Sparta Teapot Museum in Sparta, N.C.
Not as good as TWC's all-time favorite, a 400 grand appropriation for a Cows Only lane in Corning Iowa back in the 1990's.
For you drug warriors:
$300,000 added in conference for the Tanks-a-Lock project in the state of Senate SSJC Appropriations Subcommittee member Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). According to a press release from Sen. Harkin’s office, The Tanks-A-Lock program is very simple: it provides funding to purchase special locks for anhydrous ammonia tanks. Anhydrous ammonia is a key ingredient in the meth cocktail. The special locks for anhydrous ammonia tanks cost around $60 each.
For you Law & Order types:
$100,000 added by the House for the Harpers Ferry Police Department in West Virginia. The population of Harpers Ferry was less than 400 in 2004 and the police force today consists of two full-time and one part-time police officers. This is the same size police force as the fictional town of Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show. Unfortunately, those are real tax dollars for Harpers Ferry.
Much better to fund that 401(k) or a SEP, or an IRA and pocket a little tax savings, because the government is going to spend your hard-earned on something you don't like.