They Spent Our Taxes on This?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 by and is filed under Blog

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Our national debt stands at $15.2 trillion, and is growing by roughly $6 billion per day.  We have tens of trillions in unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Unfortunately, we have learned that Republicans lack the gumption to fight for transformational spending cuts and reforms of major entitlements.  However, at the very least, one would expect them to oppose silly pork projects like Buffalo Soldiers!

Yesterday, the Republican-controlled House passed HR 1022, a bill that would require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the history of Buffalo Soldiers in the establishment of national parks.  The study will cost $400,000.  The purpose of the study is to ascertain the feasibility of a plan to create a 200-mile trail between San Francisco and Yosemite National Park in commemoration of the Buffalo Soldiers.  The federal government already owns roughly 1/3 of all American land.  Do we need to afford them the opportunity to take over more land?

The bill was sponsored by Democrat Congresswoman Jackie Speier, yet Republican leaders agreed to bring it up under a suspension vote with limited debate.  Even though  a two-thirds super majority is required for passage, the bill passed easily with 338 votes.  Only 70 Republicans opposed this inane endeavor.  While this is small potatoes in the scheme our more existential problems, it is very instructive.  If they can’t find the courage to oppose some silly bill that nobody cares about, how are they going to roll back major dependency programs that enjoy popular constituencies?

Moreover, if you take a look at page 34 of the GOP Pledge to America, they made the following observation regarding suspension votes during the Pelosi Congress:

The number of House legislative days devoted to action on noncontroversial and often insignificant “suspension” bills is up significantly in this Congress by comparison with the past several Congresses, wasting time and taxpayer resources.  Of the bills considered under the suspension procedure – requiring 2/3 vote for passage – so far during this Congress,
more than half were bills naming federal buildings, recognizing individuals or groups (like sports teams) for achievements, or supporting the designation of particular days, months, or weeks.

The Buffalo Soldiers undoubtedly served with courage in the United States Army, and deserve some sort of commemoration.  But doesn’t this study qualify as “wasting time and taxpayer resources?”

2 Responses to “They Spent Our Taxes on This?”

  1. James Clements Says:

    Congressional Coprolite of the Day!
    An open letter to the US Congress, STOP spending our money!
    While our country is teetering on the brink of financial collapse, one would think that congress would at least make a show of trying to stop some of the Pork barrel projects for a while.
    The Question is; Do they think we are so stupid that we don’t care and aren’t paying any attention to the legislation Congress is passing while we are distracted by all of the other political distractions going on around us?
    The Answer is; YES, and they don’t care.
    They Spent Our Taxes on WHAT?
    OK so Congress wants to spend $400 thousand on the study to determine the feasibility of building a 200 mile trail from San Francisco to Yosemite, then what. The City of Austin has spent ten years and wasted almost $2 million trying to build a four (4) mile trail in the City of Austin and it’s not finished. How much would it cost to build a 200 mile trial in California. At $500 thousand per mile, that might be another $100 million. And for what? Is this going to be another AMERICAN Trail of Shame? Is this another reparation for something America did in the past. Do we really need another memorial for the Buffalo Soldiers?

    First of all the Buffalo Soldiers were the Black Soldiers of the 9th & 10th Cavalry and the 24th & 25th Infantry Regiments were originally stationed Ft McKavett Texas to fight the Indian Wars.
    “The 9th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry — A Texas Story”
    What does this have to do with California?
    Another little-known contribution of the Buffalo Soldiers involved eight troops of the 9th Cavalry Regiment and one company of the 24th Infantry Regiment who served in California’s Sierra Nevada as some of the first national park rangers. In 1899, Buffalo Soldiers from Company H, 24th Infantry Regiment briefly served in Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park and General Grant (Kings Canyon) National Parks.[12]
    U.S. Army regiments had been serving in these national parks since 1891, but until 1899 the soldiers serving were white. Beginning in 1899, and continuing in 1903 and 1904, the black Buffalo regiments served during the summer months in the second and third oldest national parks in the United States (Sequoia and Yosemite). Because these soldiers served before the National Park Service was created (1916), they were “park rangers” before the term was coined.

    The Buffalo Soldiers undoubtedly served with courage in the United States Cavalry and Infantry, and deserve some sort of commemoration. But does anyone understand that there would be right of way issues, oh yeah that’s right the government can just claim “Imminent Domain” and take any land it needs for this wonderful memorial, “wasting time and taxpayer resources?”
    Americans don’t want or need any additional tax payer memorials to be built for any purpose until we can “Balance” our budgets and pay off our debts.
    What is it about STOP the spending that Congress doesn’t understand?

  2. richcat Says:

    Shame on all of them! Clean the House and get rid of everyone who voted to waste our money on another wasteful project!

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