Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has announced their nominees for “2017 Porker of the Year” for the public officials who continue to “bury their heads in the sand in 2017, ignoring the dire financial threat posed by our nation’s now more than $20 trillion debt.”
“But who truly stood out as the worst custodian of your hard-earned tax dollars last year?” asks Thomas A. Schatz, CAGW President.
The 2017 Porkers of the Month nominees include two Republicans, three Democrats and one Independent. The nominees are:
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), for his over-the-top rhetoric justifying heavy-handed government regulation of the internet. Franken was the March 2017 Porker of the Month.
“Sen. Franken’s preposterous defense of draconian regulation of the internet is perhaps the greatest joke he’s ever told,” said Schatz. “Net neutrality has always been a solution in search of a problem. It was intended to expand the FCC’s ability to dictate anything and everything that happens online. Consumers are best served by an internet that is free from the domineering hand of bureaucrats, which is something Sen. Franken would do well to realize.”
“Leader Pelosi, who famously quipped that Congress would have to pass the healthcare bill so that Americans could see what was in it, is clearly wrong when she says the law ‘has succeeded in every way,;” said CAGW. “She parroted former President Obama’s patently false claim in 2009 that if Americans liked their healthcare plan and doctor that they would be able to keep them. She described Obamacare as “Affordable, affordable, affordable, affordable,” in 2014. She outrageously said that attempts to reform the broken law were acts of “cowardice,” and fear-mongered that Obamacare repeal would lead to ‘grandma living in the guest room.'”
“It is sad to see Rep. Rooney fall into the same trap as countless disgraced, big-spending congressmen before him,” said Shatz. “There is no such thing as a ‘limited’ exemption for some earmarks. Cracking open that wasteful door will open the floodgates to the worst days of pork-barrel earmarking. As voters made clear last year, it is time to clean up the swamp in the nation’s capital. But Rep. Rooney is so much in love with earmarks that he is blind to the corruption and disarray that they have caused, including the loss of the House Republican majority in 2006.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the June 2017 Porker, for his misguided quest to impose an expensive, government-run healthcare system on Americans.
“Sen. Sanders’ vision is one where the federal government controls every aspect of a citizens’ healthcare, from a doctor’s salary, to the medicines he or she can prescribe, to decisions about how much care a loved one is allowed to receive at a given point in their life,” said Schatz. “Sen. Sanders never details the enormous pitfalls inherent in a socialized health care system, which entails robbing citizens of quality care by taking decision-making power away from them and placing their lives in the hands of government bureaucrats. If Sen. Sanders wants to find a starting point for achieving quality healthcare, he need look no further than improving on the American system by increasing private competition, fostering pharmaceutical innovation, and giving patients and doctors the final say on what type of care they need.”
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the Porker of October 2017, for spreading blatant falsehoods about commonsense tax reform.
“April 15 strikes fear into the hearts of more than one hundred million Americans,” said Schatz. “That anxiety is borne out of a complex, outdated, and harmful tax system. Sen. Wyden sounds all too comfortable defending the status quo. He thinks it’s a ‘scam’ to allow more Americans to keep their own money. That flippant remark clearly shows that Sen. Wyden is wildly out of touch with the everyday struggles of hard-working taxpayers.”
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), Porker of August 2017, for attempting to use federal taxpayer dollars to fund a dangerous, unnecessary “Road to Nowhere” in his home state.
“Rep. Young has a long track record on the wrong side of taxpayers,” said Schatz. “From the bridge to nowhere, to his support for earmarks, and now his advocacy for a road to nowhere, he is the poster representative for irresponsible spending. Instead of casting blame, Rep. Young should end his earmark crusade for once and for all.”
Citizens Against Government Waste bills themselves as “a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.”