Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, and Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., received the 2010 “Plane Waste Award” from Citizens Against Government Waste, a taxpayer watchdog group. The award was for the $3.5 million the trio obtained for the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University. CAGW contends that aircraft companies should have supplied this money, not taxpayers.
CAGW’s 2010 “Congressional Pig Book” included 114 appropriations going to Kansas totaling more than $129 million, placing the state 19th per capita for federal pork. Brownback was involved in the most appropriations (and was specifically recognized for his agriculture-related pork), followed by Tiahrt.
Pork is in the eye of the beholder, and our delegation members will no doubt defend their funded projects as deserving — as most of them are. Still, it’s unlikely that when they rail about government spending at area tea parties, they will mention all the federal earmarks they obtained.
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