Posted on December 3, 2013
We’ve all heard of pork barrel spending that involved things like turtle tunnels, warning signs for deer, and the over budget and aggressive attacks on Canadian Geese. But this tops it, or should I say slithers it’s way into pork barrel history. And it involves two key players, dead mice laced with Tylenol, and the brown tree snake found in Guam.
From what is told, brown tree snakes were introduced into Guam in the 1950′s via shipping crates. Since then they have made a mess of the local bird population. So the United States government has decided to spend all sorts of money trying to rid Guam of these brown snakes. So you ask how does mice laced with pain killers play a part in this? Well the snakes die from taking in Tylenol. So dead mice were pumped with Tylenol and parachuted into the trees to be bait for the snakes.
So what is the fuss with all of this? Recall the United States has been in a budget crisis. And our children’s grandchildren will now be paying for the mess that is happening now. Meanwhile the DC crowd seems to think little of spending millions if not billions on pet projects. Including giving dead mice to soon to be dead brown tree snakes, all to the tune of 8 million dollars.
This lethal airdrop was done in February 2013 but is finally getting press now. Wonder what other little spending sprees the Obama admin and their buddies cooked up since then. This is not the first nor until there is enough pressure will this be the last. If you would like to read the original article here is the link “Two Thousand mice dropped on Guam”.
Why does our government think it is ok to spend money like it is going out of style? Is this a valid use of the 8 million? Where do the law makers get hair brained ideas like this? Please leave me your thoughts, opinions and view points. Let’s get this conversation started.
Posted on December 1, 2013
This post hits it home for me with “black Friday” and all the shopping fights. I avoid shopping at Christmas and generally will get gifts before hand or they are handmade. Watch this and tell me your thoughts on this sort of thing.