What is it about Pennsylvania and pork?

posted at 8:15 am on October 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

This time, it’s not even Pennsylvania pork that gets defended. In a debate between incumbent Democrat Chris Carney and Republican challenger Chris Hackett for PA-10, Carney defends an earmark from Nancy Pelosi that cost $174 million for fisheries in her district. Carney swears that the earmark process has nothing to do with corruption:

Let’s take a look at this particular earmark that Carney defends. The fisheries in Pelosi’s district did have a bad year and struggled to survive. They lost $22 million in salmon catches last year, and the most generous analysis of the economic impact to the area was $82 million, which included losses for ancillary businesses like charter boats and ice houses.

Did Pelosi ask for $22 million? $82 million? No, she shelled out more than double what the entire economic impact might have been.  And how is this money to be distributed?  The fishermen and businesses eligible pick their best year over the last five — and they get a check for that amount.  The government essentially writes them a check equalling their entire revenue for the best year they’ve had.

That’s not a rescue plan — it’s a payoff.  Carney defends it and Pelosi because he wants the same ability to shovel taxpayer money into his district so he can pay off voters and ensure his political career.  Both Carney and Pelosi learned at the feet of the Bagman Master: John Murtha.

It looks like we have a chance to stop Murtha’s Mini-Me.  Toss a few dollars into Chris Hackett’s coffers if you can, or else we may have a new Prince of Pork in PA.


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They know they can buy (welfare)the stupid people.

tomas on October 31, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Reid, Pelosi and guys like this must be shaking in their boots at the very possibility of McCain getting elected. Because if McCain pulls off a victory next Tuesday that gravy train of earmarks will absolutely be run off the tracks.

titus_pullo on October 31, 2008 at 8:28 AM

Them thar dumb racist rednecks love their bacon!

Neo on October 31, 2008 at 8:28 AM

Both Carney and Pelosi learned at the feet of the Bagman Master: John Murtha.

And Murtha must have read Gibbons: panem et circenses.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Vote Pelosi, she’ll “create more fish for her people”!

aquaviva on October 31, 2008 at 8:31 AM

On Wednesday, when plans for an early inauguration are finalized (Obama in the White House by Thanksgiving), impeachment proceedings (of both Bush and Cheney) are taken up in the House, and Murtha struts his stuff with a 10-point victory, try to remember that there are battles yet to be fought, if not in this Country then somewhere else.

jay12 on October 31, 2008 at 8:43 AM

The reason PA needs so much pork is because they have been ruled by liberal democrats for thye last 30 years and most businesses have fled the state. thus to keep up any type of industry the federal gov needs to subsidize PA. Same is true for San Fransico and NYC.

Pork covers the failures of libberalism.

unseen on October 31, 2008 at 8:44 AM

I could understand a debate on whether or not taxpayer dollars should go to help out distressed industries. Personally I oppose such measures in general, but am willing to leave such things up to the democratic process. However, with earmarks there isn’t even a debate or vote. It is just a bunch of pigs slyly picking our pockets.

We need Gov. Palin to go to Washington and field dress Congress.

rbj on October 31, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Showing two white guys in a debate not thats racist!

cmptrnerd on October 31, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Have you seen this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6ikOxi9yYk

Bishop on October 31, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Have you seen this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6ikOxi9yYk
Bishop on October 31, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Yep! That’s what it’s been about all this while for Obama’s minions. Would you like a little gravy on that pork?

gracie on October 31, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Hey, I am $125,000 short from my best year in the past 5. Where is my check?

Wade on October 31, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Hey, maybe Carney goes down too. Looking to be a good year for conservatives, if people vote like its 2006…

Vashta.Nerada on October 31, 2008 at 9:21 AM

*chuckle*

The same “team” that tries to sell us on how they’ll cut spending in the billions defends silly spending in millions. How can Obama et al ever get to the “billions” in savings when they defend the entire earmark process?

Smoke and mirrors.

karl9000 on October 31, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Created more fish for her people? Does the Obamessiah know about this?

OneGyT on October 31, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Dear Ms Pelosi,

So the fisheries get a ‘best year’ check. Does this mean my next stimulus check will be a ‘best year’ check also?

Your party wants to help the little guy, right?

Sincerely,
The People Who Hope For Change

Limerick on October 31, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Give Pelosi a fish and she makes an earmark out of it. Try and teach Pelosi to fish and she complains that it steals jobs from other fishermen.

William Amos on October 31, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Bishop on October 31, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Thank you for that link. Funny thing is, in BO’S district that he was in charge of. Is living in squalor. They let camera people in their apartments. Most of them were very clean inside. But the rats, roaches, leaking pipes and broken windows. They don’t want Obama to win. The poor might get a check. But once a year? And with all the poor, it won’t be that much. I will be damned if I am going to pay for trash like that. Granted there are people that need help. Not with my dollar. A lot of the poor don’t want to do anything. Selling drugs is easy money for them. McCain has to win!

sheebe on October 31, 2008 at 11:44 AM

The reason PA needs so much pork is because they have been ruled by liberal democrats for thye last 30 years and most businesses have fled the state. thus to keep up any type of industry the federal gov needs to subsidize PA. Same is true for San Fransico and NYC.

Pork covers the failures of libberalism.

unseen on October 31, 2008 at 8:44 AM

This would be a huge part of it, and I say that as someone who has lived in PA all my life. I know good conservatives who voted for Meuser over Chris Hackett in the primary because Hackett made a no pork pledge, Meuser said “bring on the pork!” Hopefully Hackett can beat Carney, this is a very conservative district and there’s no reason we can’t take this seat back.

PA is the second oldest state in the nation next to Florida, and the biggest reason is that so younger people and families move away because there aren’t many jobs in-state…this is doubly true for college-educated people(of which I’m one). The reason for that is because of liberal economic policy, regulations and high taxes that punish businesses, so much of our growth is based on government funding.

doubleplusundead on October 31, 2008 at 11:44 AM

William Amos on October 31, 2008 at 11:21 AM
Very nice!

If Owhorama wins I’m done with Federal Income Taxes. This is the only lever we have (short of armed conflict)that will send a clear message to these pigs in DC.

dmann on October 31, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Sure wish it wasn’t called pork. It sounds soooooo good. And makes me hungry. [Homer Simpson noises: mmmm, pork ... grlahrlahaagrrgr]

Rosmerta on October 31, 2008 at 2:54 PM