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My Turn: Adding items to the emergency spending bill

Our friends in Congress are giving me plenty of fodder for this segment lately.  They've proved once again that you just can't look away or they will do something sneaky. 

While leaders in New Jersey and New York were justifiably pounding their fists and demanding help for those victimized in Hurricane Sandy, what you didn't see "front-and-center" were the underhanded attempts to pile "pork" on the emergency spending bill.

There are a couple of reasons they have trouble resisting this temptation.  Emergency relief legislation usually skates easily through the process and it is exempt from the budget caps.

But when you see items from across this great land showing up in an emergency relief bill for a storm that hit the northeast, you know something fishy is going on.    

It seems like all of our lawmakers have told us these past few weeks how important it is to cut the deficit.  But if they get a chance to bring a little extra federal money back to their district, they just can't resist doing the kind of things they should not do.

We deserve better.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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