One of the funnier events of the past week was members of the US Senate defending the earmarks they put in the $410 million budget.
Senator Tom Harkin (D, IA) quickly became my favorite when he said this about his $1.8 million earmark for pig odor and manure management at the University of Iowa:
(insert favorite pork barrel spending joke here)
"I suppose we'll hear a lot of jokes on David Letterman and Jay Leno and a lot of other people will be making jokes about this money for manure, but keep in mind this is not wasteful or unnecessary or frivolous, this is very important to the daily lives of people in my state and North Carolina and anyplace else that we raise swine,"
For Sen Harkin's defense of an industry vital to the health of our economy, I give him a can of Glade Hawaiian Breeze air freshener, only $2.79 a can at Drugstore.com.
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