06 November 2008


Now that the elections are over, and the transition from AOL to here is over too, I can return to posting other matters. This is one of my favorite subjects, waste in government spending. I've always found it kind of funny that all of the Congressmen and Congresswomen engage in wasteful spending and earmarks, yet at election time they all pledge to fight it. Why not fix during the years in office to start with??

Anyway, the CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE awarded the "Porker of the Month" award to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. Here's the article:

Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.

CAGW Names FCC Chairman Kevin Martin October Porker of the Month

Washington, D.C. - Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin its October Porker of the Month for using FCC funds to sponsor a NASCAR driver from his home state.
The FCC will pay $355,000 to sponsor David Gilliland’s number 38 car, owned by Yates Racing, for three races, in order to raise awareness about the upcoming switch to digital television (DTV) in February. Even though the commission has inundated networks with paid announcements for months, Martin considered it necessary to use additional taxpayer dollars to pay for the car and driver to bear slogans such as “Is Your TV ready for Digital?” The sponsorship has gotten off to a rocky start, as Gilliland’s car crashed into the wall on October 19 the first race with the new ad.
While spreading public awareness over the transition from analog to digital broadcasting is important, the National Association of Broadcasters has stated that the public is already largely aware of the switch. “This doesn't seem like the most efficient use of resources,” admitted FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. While NASCAR is the biggest spectator sport in the country, it seems absurd to spend taxpayer money for three races only four months before the switch, following months of alternative advertising. Chairman Martin not only chose to misuse government funds, but did so without consulting all of the FCC commissioners.
Not only does this expenditure show poor judgment, the underlying motivation for the contract has also raised eyebrows. Martin is generally expected to be replaced as FCC Chairman by the next president, after which he may attempt to launch a political career in his home state of North Carolina. Indeed, some have suggested that Martin’s decision to move forward with this sponsorship is linked to his political future in the state. Gilliland is based in North Carolina, while NASCAR maintains offices in four North Carolina cities. Additionally, Martin chose Wilmington, North Carolina as the test site for the switch to DTV. Considering Martin’s ability to sequester taxpayer money for his prospective constituents, he is well on his way to becoming a successful legislative porker.
For using taxpayer funds on an unnecessary project, diverting focus from more important telecommunications concerns, recklessly spending without consulting with his peers, and attempting to use his influence to shore up his own political prospects, CAGW names FCC Chairman Kevin Martin its October 2008 Porker of the Month.
Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.
As a state government employee myself, if I were to do anything even remotely approaching this, I would be suspended pending an investigation, prosecuted, and given "three hots and a cot" for a few years to meditate on it. PhotobucketBut, in Washington, the beat goes on . . .


Amanda said...

Unbelievable. Truly. In this economy. A total lack of common sense! Thanks for posting it Dirk!

God bless-

Allison said...

There are so many pork barrel projects going on it just makes you sick when that money could be used to do something good for somebody that has needs. Have a happy Friday.

Heli gunner Tom said...

In the days of the ancient Jewish temple in the old Testament... if a temple guard was ever caught asleep on guard duty, he was chased thru the streets naked by fast men with sticks...lol. That ought to happen to the FCC Commish. So latter the apostle Paul told the Christians to "keep their clothes" ..lol!

Tom S

Barbara said...

So how'd I miss getting your new blog marked to follow?! Anyway, good thing you stopped by Caneyhead so I could find you.

As for the distinguished gentleman from North Carolina, perhaps he is truly worried about his constituents. If he perceives them to mainly be a bunch of rednecks then it is highly likely the only way they'd see the ad or believe it was if it were pasted on an NASCAR car. ;o)

And I can say that and get away with it, since I am a redneck.

RIVER Organization said...

Thar reminds me, I need to send you an email. In a moment...

Dawgman said...

Oink, oink!!! Kinda ironic that the government-sponsored car crashed, isn't it?? Heck, the federal government can't even run a congressional restaurant; that crashed, too. Social INsecurity is crashing and Medicare has already hit the wall. If you want to win the race, stay away from the fed!! Larry

MISSY said...

Wow, that money really could be used to help the American people. Especially the way our economy is right now, we don't need to be blowing money. *M*


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