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$17,000 for a $2,500 helicopter drip pan.. your congress at work.

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  1. DarrylS

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    Another personal stimulus plan for The Kentucky company, authored by Rep. Harold Rogers, a Republican who is now the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Instead of paying $2,500.00 for a hydraulic drip pan for a Blackhawk Helicopter..

    So that is 7 times more made on each pan sold.. and they have sold $6.5 million dollars worth.. nice profit.

    A man from Kentucky, sure is lucky... everything that is wrong with Congress...

    Behind Army's $17,000 drip pan, a Kentucky lawmaker's earmark | Dallasnews.com - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News

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    Yep, earmarks should be outlawed.
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    It takes experience to compare prices between something that has to operate in combat and something that doesn't. Channel 5's eye in the sky doesn't typically face gun fire.

    The great thing about ear marks is that someone with the experience I spoke about can now review the situation and if it stinks a person who can be voted out of office will have his/her finger prints all over it. Better that than some faceless bureaucrat that never faces re-election.
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    The congressman should pay back the 5+ million dollars out of his own pocket.. that may stop this crap.
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    This is an outrage. The guy should be brought up on charges of fraud, even if it doesn't stick. I guess his constituents are ok with it, thus he keeps his job.
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    Where's the rant? For someone who continuously posts about the government's scandals, one would expect more.
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    Willard chimed in yesterday and the continual fleecing of the american people should continue, where is the Peace Dividend??? Where were you Willard during the Viet Nam War... where all favorite sons go, to a cushy college complete with deferments..

    Sounds like Ronald Reagan, again.. there is a scare out there somewhere, maybe in our "territory" of Panama again... or maybe he wants to invade Grenada, again.

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    My immediate reaction echos the rest of the replies in this thread. Earmarks/overspending, whatever term you want to use for it is crap, should stop or at the very least be looked into to protect we, the tax payers. This rep should be held accountable for their over payment for services/products rendered and if there are any possible legal ramifications, they should be applied here.

    Now to expand on this topic - this is a prime example of my fears with the government getting more involved in various policies and markets such as Healthcare.

    When something is privatized, at the end of the day the company in question looks to minimize cost and maximize profit. The costs are scrutinized and most waste is removed. Now we clearly have evidence of "corps gone wild" of late, so I can understand some posters disagreeing with the point, but our government "isn't for profit". They don't generally dissect spending bills to ensure they are getting the best cost they can. After all its a line item out of thousands and "its going to help my constituents!".

    If we want the government to take on more stuff, such as healthcare, fine, lets have an adult conversation about it. But BAU in DC will have to change, because if the government will just pay whatever the suppliers "tell" them it costs, examples of this will become more and more common, and "we" wont be around long (see EuroZone).

    Beyond my expectation of more thorough review of spending by the government we have have have to cut our spending on the military big time. Our enemies today are the equivalent of uneducated hicks; people with AKs, cellphones and IEDs....an F-22 is overkill. Beyond that we should start spending more of our treasure on investing in ourselves and less investing in destruction.

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    I agree with the "Left Wingers" on this one, wouldn't it be nice now if the Media would go after everybody in congress who sit idly by while this rip off is being commited with the same Passion and Disgust as they did with Sarah Palin.

    What does "Teeth" Pelosi and her little Lap Dog Harry Reid have to say about this, where is that awful wretched women Shelia Jackson Lee, why doesn't Barack Hussein "Ears" Obama hold a press conference condeming this, where is Windbag Biden, somewhere in America a man sits at his kitchen table crying because he is going to be evicted, there's no food for his family, his dog just got shot by a f-cked up GANG drive by, his kid just sh!t twice in her diaper and he can't buy new ones, his wife is screwing the guy upstairs, he was going to stick his head in the oven this morning but they just turned his gas off.

    MICHELLE IS PLANNING ANOTHER $32,OOO,000,68 VACATION

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    HB - I would be hard pressed to say this is "Left" or "Right" issue.

    I think the idea of our elected representatives wasting our money should piss just about everyone off.

    Just like shareholders would hold the head of company they own shares of accountable for poor performance, we (the shareholders of our government) should hold our reps accountable.

    Problem is the systemic issues that DC as a whole has. We need a culture change...but I won't hold my breathe on that one.

    Where was W, Cheney and the rest of his henchmen when this was happening under their watch? This situation didn't start on 1/20/2009.

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