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October 06, 2006

Robert Byrd, King of Pork

I've decided to highlight Senator Robert Byrd, D-WV, who would likely become head of the Senate Appropriations committee if the Democrats retake the Senate.

Known as the "King of Pork," Byrd shamelessly pads bills for such worthy causes as military expenditures with little "extras" for his home state of West Virginia. While this makes the folks who keep voting the old buzzard into office happy, it doesn't bode well for government spending and our pockets. Byrd has secured over a billion dollars in pork money for his state, funding projects such as the Robert C. Byrd Highway, Robert C. Byrd Federal Correctional Institution, Robert C. Byrd High School, Robert C. Byrd Freeway, Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality and Tourism, Robert C. Byrd Science Center...just to name a few. (Let's not forget the statue of him in the West Virginia state capitol rotunda.)

Words from Byrd: "One man's pork is another man's job. Pork has been good investment in West Virginia. You can look around and see what I've done." Remarks made March 15, 2001 during Senate floor debate.

I've taken it upon myself to write a song about Byrd. Sung to the King of Pain by the Police, it's called King of Pork:

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