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Thursday, September 08, 2005
The following was more important to Congress than the New Orlean's levees: $50 Million for an indoor rainforest in Iowa. (Total cost will be $280 M) Image hosted by Also, $9.5 Million for Alaska Conveyance $5 Million for Tongass National Forest $16.7 Million for the Bonneau Ferry $7.2 Million for agriculture programs in Appropriations Committe Ranking Member Robert Byrd's state of West Virginia for agriculture waste utilization to poultry litter composting $4 Million for volcano monitoring And the list goes on.
posted by Jack Mercer @ 9/08/2005 05:45:00 AM  
  • At 9/08/2005 03:58:00 PM, Blogger Henwhisperer said…

    Here's another program that has me scared with a $14.3 million price tag; The National Animal Identification System. This brain child of the USDA is to somehow tag every food animal grown in the US and then keep track of it by GPS for the health of the food chain. Supposedly, it would keep Mad Cow disease in check. More on my blog.


  • At 9/08/2005 06:28:00 PM, Blogger Walter Jeffries said…

    Yes, the National Animal ID system is scary. They aren't using GPS but it is a bad way to do things that will spend a lot of money, violate farmer's rights, let the government dig deeper into our privacy and ultimately the consumer is going to foot the bill with higher food prices and less choice. As my sheep say, "Its baaahhd!"

    Back to amazing programs, I think the rainforest idea is cool, but the rediculous part is that they think it is only going to cost $50,000,000. No, the cost is going to keep on going every year in a huge way for energy to keep that thing warm. The idea of heating it is staggering.

    As to levees, they should not be built. They should not be rebuilt. It is absurd to build a city below sea level and expect it to be dry. They are right in the hurricane belt. It would be better not to rebuild the whole area and just let the swamps and the sea have the land back. This idea of rebuilding is a waste of tens of billions of dollars, resources and human effort that could be put to much better effort.

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