Video: Schumer says no one cares about pork

posted at 2:13 pm on February 10, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The worst part? He’s probably right:

And let me say this, to all of the chattering class, that so much focuses on those little, tiny — yes, porky — amendments: The American people really don’t care.

Let’s recall the “tiny” amendments added already to Porkulus, as provided by Tom Coburn — and this is by no means a complete list:

  • $2 billion earmark for FutureGen near zero emissions powerplant in Mattoon, IL
  • $39 billion slush fund for “state fiscal stabilization” bailout
  • $5.5 billion for making federal buildings “green” (including $448 million for DHS HQ)
  • $200 million for workplace safety in USDA facilities
  • $275 million for flood prevention
  • $65 million for watershed rehabilitation
  • $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges and libraries
  • $650 million for the DTV transition coupon program
  • $307 million for constructing NIST office buildings
  • $1 billion for administrative costs and construction of NOAA office buildings
  • $100 million for constructing U.S. Marshalls office buildings
  • $300 million for constructing FBI office buildings
  • $800 million for constructing Federal Prison System buildings and facilities
  • $10 million to fight Mexican gunrunners
  • $1.3 billion for NASA (including $450 million for “science” at NASA)
  • $100 million to clean up sites used in early U.S. atomic energy program
  • $10 million for urban canals
  • $2 billion for manufacturing advanced batteries for hybrid cars
  • $1.5 billion for carbon capture projects under sec. 703 of P.L. 110-140 (though section only authorizes $1 billion for five years)
  • $300 million for hybrid and electric cars for federal employees
  • $198 million to design and furnish the DHS headquarters
  • $255 million for “priority procurements” at Coast Guard (polar ice breaker)
  • $500 million for State and local fire stations
  • $180 million for construction of Bureau of Land Management facilities
  • $500 million for wildland fire management
  • $110 million for construction for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • $522 million for construction for the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • $650 million for abandoned mine sites
  • $75 million for the Smithsonian Institution
  • $1.2 billion for summer jobs for youth
  • $412 million for CDC headquarters
  • $500 million earmark for NIH facilities in Bethesda, MD
  • $160 million for “volunteers” at the Corp. for National and Community Service
  • $750 earmark for the National Computer Center in MD
  • $224 million for International Boundary and Water Commission – U.S. and Mexico
  • $850 million for Amtrak
  • $100 million for lead paint hazard reduction

Reporting this kind of pork used to be called speaking Truth to Power.  Now it’s just called speaking Truth to Apathy, at least according to Uncle Chuck.

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Who’s running against Schumer in 2010? Whoever is running against him needs a web page and a paypal tab ASAP!
This arrogant SOB has got to be shown the door.

Iblis on February 10, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Thanks for the conservative college a few weeks ago. How about a hedge fund recommendation?

IlikedAUH2O on February 10, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Nasty, nasty man

Rockygold on February 10, 2009 at 3:38 PM

The American people really don’t care.

That’s right, just tuck me in and make me feel good…that’s all that matters.
Make the bad men go away…

right2bright on February 10, 2009 at 3:38 PM

It’s not that the American people don’t care about pork, Schumer is only half right. It’s that the American people WANT their pork. They don’t care that it’s pork. They WANT the bridges to nowhere in their districts, they WANT the highway projects in their districts, and they WANT the after school programs in their areas. They don’t WANT to pay for it and luckily, the system being what it is right now, the majority of them AREN’T paying for it. Remember, only about 1% of taxpayers pay 35% of the taxes. The top 50% pay 97% of the taxes.

So, if you look at it, a couple of traitors in the top 50% (and yes, there are tons), and those of us who PAY taxes are outvoted.

webproze on February 10, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Obama said no pork and he says there is pork, will someone ask either of these guys about the contradiction?

rob verdi on February 10, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Spit. Where’s the revolution signup sheet?

EZnSF on February 10, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Spit. Where’s the revolution signup sheet?

EZnSF on February 10, 2009 at 3:52 PM

It will be located on the top of a yellow sheet titled “U.S. Federal record of firearms transfer”

leetpriest on February 10, 2009 at 4:02 PM

$650 million for abandoned mine sites

Errr… are we going to throw money into the ground and hope that it grows into more money?

Damiano on February 10, 2009 at 2:22 PM

No, its just that they cannot spend so much money so fast, so they plan to throw bundles of it down mineshafts just to say they did something.

Vashta.Nerada on February 10, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Hey, look – I was right….

Keynes argued that, when businesses and people cannot or will not invest, then the government must take on the role of filling the gap. The key is speed. The means, Keynes wrote in The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, really did not matter so much:

If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with bank notes, bury them at suitable depths in disused coal mines which are then filled to the surface with town rubbish and leave it to private enterprise on well-tried principles of laissez-faire to dig the notes up again, . . . there need be no more unemployment and with the help of the repercussions, the real income of the community would probably become a good deal larger than it is.

Vashta.Nerada on February 10, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Think about it for a moment. This really is an outrageous statement, as well as a lie. Taxpayers certainly care about how their money is spent–especially the sums that are to be expended under this plan. Likewise, the recipients of the massive wealth transfer going on here care about these projects and when they can get their grubby little hands on ‘em. Everybody cares. The question is, who does Shumer “care” about?

Sgt. Hartman on February 10, 2009 at 4:05 PM

What the hell does he think our phone calls, emails and faxes are about? I’m part of “the American people” and you bet your election Mr. Schumer, I care

katablog.com on February 10, 2009 at 4:13 PM

And he says the GOP is digging its grave for voting against the stimulus bill. Glass house, meet stone.

smellthecoffee on February 10, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Schumer is stating how the left feels – they don’t care what the American public thinks.

The left doesn’t care to listen to us. They never have.

madmonkphotog on February 10, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Contact Schumer and let him know you DO care!

katablog.com on February 10, 2009 at 4:20 PM

The end is near.

A russian has predicted the break-up of the US in 2010…I once believed that was crazy talk. Now I believe that the minority of the country who actually works hard and pays taxes may be on the verge of saying enough. I wonder what form the new Boston Tea Party will take?

Guns, Ammo, Gold/Silver Bullion, Food with a lengthy shelf life…this may get very ugly folks.

jwp1964 on February 10, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Six years ago, Schumer made me care about judges by calling the pro life movement “far out of the mainstream” and declaring that judges who did not agree with the precedent of Roe v. Wade were unqualified to sit on the federal bench.

If you kept a microphone on Senator Schumer he might single handedly bring the Republican Party back from extinction.

Amazing what someone will say when they are in their element.

Angry Dumbo on February 10, 2009 at 4:36 PM

$160 million for “volunteers” at the Corp. for National and Community Service

But…but…didn’t all those celebs pledge themselves to service to The One!?! They have cash, let THEM pay for that crap!

$850 million for Amtrak

Here’s a better idea: SELL Amtrak off to the private sector and actually collect some revenues that don’t involve soaking the tax payer for once, ya incompetent bastards!

$800 million for constructing Federal Prison System buildings and facilities

$10 million to fight Mexican gunrunners

How about ya take the 800 mil for prisons and spend it ALL on border security?

I should think that would eliminate those pesky gunrunners and would probably also combat the much more pressing issue of narco trafickers.

Thus, eliminating the need for more and bigger Federal prisons, who’s future operating expenses will go far beyond the initial 800 million spent in the present.

You know, the whole “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” thing?

SuperCool on February 10, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Okay, let’s stipulate that Chuckie is right and we don’t care about little porky things. How about tax cuts?

“We can’t embrace the losing formula that says only tax cuts will work for every problem we face,” President Obama said on Friday. But a recent poll by Investor’s Business Daily shows that Americans would welcome tax reductions with open arms as part of any stimulus plan. Of 568 adults surveyed last Monday through Thursday, 67 percent favored cutting federal taxes on businesses, 79 percent favored cuts in individual income taxes and — despite the fact that only half of Americans are investors — 62 percent even favored cuts in capitals gains taxes.

Such a shocking lack of patriotism!

Buy Danish on February 10, 2009 at 5:12 PM

It’s not that the American people don’t care about pork, Schumer is only half right. It’s that the American people WANT their pork. They don’t care that it’s pork. They WANT the bridges to nowhere in their districts, they WANT the highway projects in their districts, and they WANT the after school programs in their areas. They don’t WANT to pay for it and luckily, the system being what it is right now, the majority of them AREN’T paying for it. Remember, only about 1% of taxpayers pay 35% of the taxes. The top 50% pay 97% of the taxes.

So, if you look at it, a couple of traitors in the top 50% (and yes, there are tons), and those of us who PAY taxes are outvoted.

webproze on February 10, 2009 at 3:41 PM

sick, sad, and true

funky chicken on February 10, 2009 at 5:21 PM

$10 million to fight Mexican gunrunners

Vs.

$522 million for construction for the Bureau of Indian Affairs
$650 million for abandoned mine sites

Huh? 1.2 BILLION for mines and Indians yet only 10 million for our brave border troops to prevent the violence and crimes of Mexican gangs from spilling into AMERICAN streets. God help us.

kriscoleman on February 10, 2009 at 5:27 PM

One of the biggest liars in government. How he sleeps, I’ll never know…………..

adamsmith on February 10, 2009 at 5:30 PM

I care. It’s my damn tax money!

SoulGlo on February 10, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Ahhhh chuck, ya make me proud to be a Nu Yawka…NOT! WHY do we have to be saddled with elitist morons like this?!? OMFG my blood is BOILING…I even sent an e-mail to his orifice but it has`nt abated my anger in the least. My only solace is that 2010 will find chucky selling pencils on the corner.

NY Conservative on February 10, 2009 at 7:06 PM

No one deserves to be outed more than Chucky Schumer. He is an arrogant little toad as are all Dems these days. They are insufferable. Keep bombarding him with emails and letters. Even though it doesn’t appear to be doing any good it just has to get under his skin that he isn’t loved and honored. I can tell you from experience that they do not get much positive mail. No one writes them very often praising them.
I just got a short note on very nice stationary from my REP. the other day thanking me for my “kind words”. I had written to him to thank him for standing with the House Republicans and not voting for the non-Stimulus Bill. Believe me I have been on my two Senators to not vote for it. My words have not been kind. So I am pretty sure that when people call, write, or e-mail it is because it is the negative rather than the positive. They have pretty arrogant notes in response to the negative mail they receive. One of the Senators hardly responds at all. The Senators are both Dems. Keep writing and don’t give up. Those e-mails don’t abate my anger either, but I have decided to become obsessive about this.

BetseyRoss on February 10, 2009 at 7:38 PM

I fled NY two years but still harbor a deep dislike for that smug bag of hot air. I sincerely hope this clip becomes the political ad that finally sends his pompous ass into retirement. The man dearly loves the camera, hopefully he stuck his supercillious puss into one too many. He is the epitome of that old saw that we get the government we deserve!

pgrossjr on February 10, 2009 at 8:19 PM

I’m afraid if I ran into this man on the street I’d end up in a Federal Prison (Guitmo??!!) He is without a doubt the most obnoxious person I’ve ever seen…besides, Daschle, Reid, Pelosi, Frank, Dodd…….not enough space to name all those

wepeople on February 10, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Who’s running against Schumer in 2010? Whoever is running against him needs a web page and a paypal tab ASAP!
This arrogant SOB has got to be shown the door.

Iblis on February 10, 2009 at 3:35 PM

He’s right, but what we don’t know is why they don’t care. Is it because they are too stupid, or too involved with their own lives, or maybe because they hope to get a share.

DFCtomm on February 10, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Sen Screwem at his best, demonstrating the liberal attitude that the public has no place in politics. Once we have your money we will spend it how we want and you cannot get it back.

MSGTAS on February 11, 2009 at 9:26 AM

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