John eFfing sKerry, (did you know he served in Viet Nam), has slipped 20 million, yes thats a 20 with 7 zeros behind it, into the Defense Appropriations Bill to help fund the Edward M. "The Swimmer" Kennedy's Institute for Dhimmicrat Propaganda at UofBoston in Dorchester.
We all understand how difficult times like these can be on a family who suffered so much and lost so much money.
New & Notable Legislation
Hold on to your wallets. The Senate version of the cap-and-tax climate bill called for even deeper carbon emissions cuts by 2020 than the House version of the bill. While the House version allows for an open system of trading carbon credits, most of which would be given away by the government, the Senate has yet to settle on a distribution scheme.
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) slipped a $20 million piece of pork into the $360 billion defense bill that would, according to The Boston Globe, "help the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate realize its goal of building a repository for Kennedy's papers and an accompanying civic learning center on the University of Massachusetts at Boston campus in Dorchester, next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum."
Obviously, that has nothing to do with defense, but Kerry and Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Chairman of Senate Appropriations, defended the earmark as a tribute to Kennedy's leadership in military technology and defense issues. No word yet on any actual examples of said leadership.
Not to be outdone by itself, the Senate also awarded $2.8 million in stimulus money for forest fire management to that hotbed of wildfires, the District of Columbia. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) noted that Washington hasn't had to worry about a catastrophic fire since "the British burned down the White House in 1814," but that didn't stop the ridiculous earmark from making the cut.
In recent weeks, The Patriot has received numerous letters warning about SB 2099, legislation supposedly requiring gun owners to report their guns on their income tax returns beginning in 2010. The real Senate bill with this number and a registration requirement (though not on Form 1040) was indeed introduced -- nine years ago. It died without a vote way back when Bill Clinton was president. Please, verify those
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