Pass the Barbecue Sauce!


Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh (D) opposed yesterday’s $410 billion omnibus spending bill because it was “bloated” and included $7.7 billion in earmarks. “At a time when so many American families are tightening their belts to make ends meet, Congress should be as equally committed to living within its means,” he said in a statement.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the spending bill a “missed opportunity” and urged President Obama to veto it. “The bill costs far too much for a government that should be watching every dime,” he said.

And Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe (R) said in opposition to the legislation: “Each and every time, whether a Republican or Democratic initiative, I have refused to go along with big government spending or big government solutions.”

But as it turns out, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, Bayh had four solo earmarks attached to his name in the legislation, worth $2.7 million; McConnell had 36 totaling $51 million; and Inhofe had 34 earmarks worth $53 million.

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Indeed, of the 35 U.S. senators who opposed the omnibus spending bill last night — in the form of a “no” on the cloture vote — 28 of them had solo earmarks in the legislation.

In total, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, these 28 senators had a combined 307 solo earmarks totaling nearly $240 million.


When First Read asked Bayh’s office why he opposed the legislation yet had earmarks in it, spokesman Eric Kleiman replied, “Bayh ranks 78th in total earmarks in the omnibus bill. He was also one of only two Dem senators to vote for the McCain amendment last week to strip all earmarks from the bill, even his own.”


Inhofe spokesman Matt Dempsey said his boss’ opposition had nothing to do with the earmarks but rather the overall spending in it.


McConnell’s office had a similar response — he opposed the overall spending in the legislation.

Here’s the list of the little piggies who opposed the omnibus bill by voting no on cloture and the number and amounts of the pork they stuck in the bill:

John Barrasso (R-WY)–4 earmarks, $2.7 million
Evan Bayh (D-IN)–4 earmarks, $1.2 million
Bob Bennett (R-UT)–23 earmarks, $18 million
Sam Brownback (R-KS)–21 earmarks, $12 million
Jim Bunning (R-KY)–5 earmarks, $735,000
Richard Burr (R-NC)–3 earmarks, $1.3 million
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)–7 earmarks, $4.3 million
Susan Collins (R-ME)–1 earmark, $380,000
Bob Corker (R-TN)–1 earmark, $760,000
John Cornyn (R-RX)–5 earmarks, $2.5 million
Mike Crapo (R-ID)–1 earmark, $100,000
Mike Enzi (R-WY)–5 earmarks, $1.7 million
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)–14 earmarks, $9.5 million
Chuck Grassley (R-IO)– 8 earmarks, $350,000
Judd Gregg (R-NH)–19 earmarks, $10 million
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)–7 earmarks, $700,000
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)–35 earmarks, $9.9 million
James Inhofe (R–OK)–34 earmarks, $53 million
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)–2 earmarks, $1.4 million
Jon Kyl (R-AZ)– 3 earmarks, $5 million
Richard Lugar (R-IN)– 10 earmarks, $3.3 million
Mel Martinez R-FL–8 earmarks, $18.8 million
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)–36 earmarks, $51 million
Pat Roberts (R-KS)–11 earmarks, $2.2 million
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)–12 earmarks, $4.3 million
John Thune (R-SD)–6 earmarks, $4.3 million
David Vitter (R-LA)–16 earmarks, $4 million
George Voinovich (R-OH)–6 earmarks, $13.5 million


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18 responses to “Pass the Barbecue Sauce!

  1. nightowl724

    nonnie. the movie title.


    How conveeeeeeenient of those senators to vote “no” when they really meant “yes” knowing the bill was going to pass anyway…

    • and then they’ll all go home to their states (and districts, because the house idiots are just as hypocritical) and brag about how much pork they brought home.

  2. Q: What’s the difference between the Republican party and high class prostitutes?
    A: The whores are at least fu¢kable.

    Leave it to Hutchison and Cornyn from Texas to be among the fattest hogs at the trough with their combined $11 million pork-fest.

    • prostitutes are much cheaper and give you much more bang for your buck.

      • sardonyx

        nonnie, I’ve long suspected it, but you’ve confirmed it in no uncertain terms with that comment: you have no shame.

        I’m so glad!

        • sar! you’ve only suspected for this long? you must have a very kind heart, because most people are totally convinced in a matter of minutes! 😉

          • sardonyx

            I prefer to wait for incontrovertible evidence, nonnie. I read The Phantom Tollbooth as a kid, and learned all about the dangers of jumping to conclusions.

            • i never heard of that book before, sar, but i googled it, and it sounds wonderful! i really have to make a little trip to the liberry. i think i will put that on my list.

  3. OK, I was already slain at the “Roast of New Pork” title, and then the pics w/the pigsnouts and….

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fu¢king holy crap, nonnie, you’ve done it again.

    Brilliant, just….. brilliant.

    • thanks helen! 🙂
      it took me hours to find just the right poster, and i knew it was the right one only because it allowed me to dress lindseypoo up as a southern belle again! 😆 i just can’t help myself!

      the piggies took forever, but i thought they were absolutely necessary. originally, i was going to give them all piggy nicknames, like susan suweeeee collins, but i was too tired to think of so many.

  4. kryss

    LOL! Comic Relief indeed nonnie! I’m still pissed that in my state (TX) in lieu of the unemployment rates and layoffs caused by the Republican recession, voters with incorrect spelling/address/ mishaps on the verge of being denied the right to vote, there are still ike/katrina victims wandering down here who needed the money to get out of the tent cities and government housing (If you can call a compact faluty old Tin Trailer often without heat or air conditioning housing.) the idiot (Rick Perry-R)said:

    “During these tough times, Texas employers are working harder than ever to move products to market, make payroll and create jobs,” -true dat(?)

    “The last thing they need is government burdening them with higher taxes and expanded obligations.”
    wait what ‘expanded’ obligations? You mean paying higher taxes..or paying taxes at all?

    This typical republican bastard that allows guns to be carried and concealed in public w/o license down here in dubya land only cares about one job..his own! I thought our elected officials to look out for our best interests. But we’re not getting any help from Gov. Perry – and our U.S. Senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, have refused to condemn Perry’s destructive actions.
    *breathing…digressing…* -.-
    its kinda hard to laugh now but please don’t stop in succeeding to making us all do so! keep crankin those posters and laughs! You rock!

    • welcome back krystal! 😀 so glad to see you again!

      i think the words and actions of governors like perry, barbour, jindal, and sanford show that they are more worried about their rethuglican talking points and party ideology than about families who are losing their homes because of unemployment and health care costs (and college tuition and food and energy cost, and so on and so on). the saddest part of it is that they get away with it. no matter how stupid their words and actions and no matter how faulty their logic, they still get elected and reelected. perry will probably be replaced with kbh, but that doesn’t mean much.

      oh well, we can hope that these things will change, and we will get people who really care about people–other than the rich who can take care of themselves–in government offices. in the meantime, krystal, hang out here with us. it’s better to laugh than to cry. 😉

  5. Jenn/jlms qkw

    you “nose” everything nonnnie! w00t!

    and jon stewart is a GOD!

    • 😆 you should see me find truffles!

      the daily show was absolutely amazing tonight! i was literally cheering. it was the best example of true journalism that i have seen in a very long time, and it’s a bit sickening to know that it had to happen on comedy central. it will be very interesting to see if msnbc will carry clips tomorrow. i’m sure cnn will, as though they are any better than msnbc or cnbc when it comes to real journalism. i was going to include faux news, but i can’t bring myself to type that and the ‘j’ word in the same sentence. 😉

  6. I have only one thing to say about the Republicans in these photos–treif!

  7. Bamm!
    All the piggies crawling in the dirt, and for all the little piggies life is getting worse!
    Thanks again for showing that the real pork is personal; and by putting a snout on these porcine hypocrites you have exposed them as the unworthy public servants they are.
    Their days are numbered.