Experimental Philosophy
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

Senate Bailout Bill Loaded with Pork

We're in a huge financial crisis, right?  We're looking at another Great Depression, right?  So what's the Senate do?  They get together and create a pork-laden bailout bill. 

The bailout bill contains the following "new" pork::

  • Film and Television Productions (Sec. 502)
  • Wooden Arrows designed for use by children (Sec. 503)
  • 6 page package of earmarks for litigants in the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident, Alaska (Sec. 504)

The bailout bill extends this existing pork:

  • Virgin Island and Puerto Rican Rum (Section 308)
  • American Samoa (Sec. 309)
  • Mine Rescue Teams (Sec. 310)
  • Mine Safety Equipment (Sec. 311)
  • Domestic Production Activities in Puerto Rico (Sec. 312)
  • Indian Tribes (Sec. 314, 315)
  • Railroads (Sec. 316)
  • Auto Racing Tracks (317)
  • District of Columbia  (Sec. 322)
  • Wool Research (Sec. 325)

As cynical as I am, I thought the e-mail going around pointing out the pork was a hoax.  I reviewed the bill.  The provisions are all there.  You can read the bill yourself.

If these are our elected officials, we deserve another Great Depression.