The Kennedy Legacy: Brought To You By the U.S. Taxpayer

In the Obama omnibus plan to spend America out of this ugly recession, many highly important projects are getting a chunk of American pie. Georgia will receive $209,000 to study ways to improve blueberry production, however this particular earmark has caused controversy among critics claiming it is discriminatory against blackberries. Senator Tom Harkin has asked for two million bucks for swine odor and manure management. Perhaps this project could best be used by encasing Congress in charcoal filters.  Besides, Capitol Hill is where the stench of swine is coming from. Thank goodness Obama has led us into a new era of responsibility and accountability and is implementing his promise of change and reform.

Massachusetts has its priorities straight and focused on recovering the economy. They are putting close to $22.5 million into the extremely important cause of preserving the Kennedy legacy.

More than one out of every five dollars of the $126 million Massachusetts is receiving in earmarks from the $410 billion omnibus federal spending package is going to help preserve the legacy of the Kennedys.

The bill includes $5.8 million for the planning and design of a building to house a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate. The funding may also help support an endowment for the institute.

The bill also includes $22 million to expand facilities at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum and $5 million more for a new gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a park system in downtown Boston named after Kennedy's mother and built on land opened up by the Big Dig highway project.

Rush Limbaugh joked that Congress should put aside some of the money for a Kennedy Memorial Health Care Bill." The Violence Worker suggested just renaming the state in his honor, calling it Edward M. Kennedy Memorial Commonwealth. Doug Powers created a list of suggested initiatives, including the ceremonial bronzing of silver spoons for all family members holding rank of second cousin or higher.