Monday, December 08, 2008

Earmarks Kill


It's not only bridges to nowhere; it's 'they're only soldiers, so who cares?'

”After being lobbied by companies making a decontamination powder, powerful U.S. senators Charles Schumer, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Arlen Specter forced the military to keep buying what it considers inferior chemical-warfare protection for the troops.”

”Scientists have discovered a lotion that can save the lives of U.S. soldiers exposed to chemical weapons — a product vastly superior to the standard-issue decontamination powder.”

“Naturally, the Defense Department wants to scrap the powder and switch to the more-effective lotion.”

“But there's a problem: After being lobbied by the companies making the powder, several members of Congress pushed through two earmarks worth $7.6 million that forced the military for the past two years to keep buying the inferior product.”

--Ace, quoting the Seattle Times

And they name names:

”Among the lawmakers who championed the earmarks are Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.; Arlen Specter, R-Pa.; and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.”

Three very-well-known slimebuckets...

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