5 Famous Pork Projects: Beer Museum and More

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5 Famous Pork Projects: Beer Museum and More


Researcher, Stacie Williams, The Christian Science Monitor


Coined from an 1863 story called "The Children of the Public," pork-barrel spending referred to any public funds spent to benefit the public. Over time, the term has evolved, referring to projects seen as wasteful, or that may only benefit a small group but the costs are spread out between all taxpayers. Of course, often, one politician's pork is another politician's legitimate expense. The Citizens Against Government Waste puts out an annual "Congressional Pig Book" that listed 9,129 projects at a cost of $16.5 billion in 2010..Here a selection of US "pork" projects from recent years:

Coined from an 1863 story called "The Children of the Public," pork-barrel spending referred to any public funds spent to benefit the public. Over time, the term has evolved, referring to projects seen as wasteful, or that may only benefit a small group but the costs are spread out between all taxpayers. Of course, often, one politician's pork is another politician's legitimate expense.

The Citizens Against Government Waste puts out an annual "Congressional Pig Book" that listed 9,129 projects at a cost of $16.5 billion in 2010..

Here a selection of US "pork" projects from recent years:

#5 Bridge to Nowhere

This infamous bridge, from Revillagigedo Island to Gravina Island in Alaska, would've cost $190 million and was sponsored by Republican Rep. Don Young in 2003. The project - intended to make travel to Ketchikan, Alaska's airport easier with a bridge instead of a ferry - was so controversial it was eventually scrapped by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in 2007.

Source: Taxpayers for Common Sense

#4 Worcestershire sauce

In 1981, Sen. William Proxmire lambasted the U.S. Army for spending $6,000 on a report that detailed how to purchase Worcestershire sauce, and extolled all of its ingredients - down to tamarind. The report was said to have been for federal food buyers and suppliers. …

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