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At Last, the “King of Pork” is Dead

June 28, 2010

I always thought the voters of West Virginia kept reelecting Sen. Robert Byrd, the “King of Pork,” for strictly entertainment purposesor on a prankish dare. Oh, the billions of dollars in pork he would slop West Virginia’s had to be a welcome bonus to their goof. But this oldest living senatorial cadaver has been laughable idiot for decades, perhaps all his life. Yes, this long winded, narcissistic, incoherent, babbling miserable man has been a plague to taxpayers and auditory systems for 57 years.

Byrd wrote in his autobiography, “I came from lowly beginnings. The bottom rungs of my ladder were gone. I had to have the help of the good Lord, and I’ve had to have the help of the people and the confidence of the people. And I’ve tried to repay them.” He consistently repaid them with other people’s money – and he smelled like soup.

“Pork or Progress? Either Way, Byrd Changed W. Va.” – FoxNews

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  1. Joanaroo
    June 29, 2010 at 3:20 AM

    Yes. And those of us who had to put up with your King Ronnie through tax increases, where’s the trickle at Reaganomics, Star Wars net ideas, pay my way so I get credit for freeing the Iran hostages, I don’t remember any Contra deal, welfare queen, certainly knew Reagan was walking death with a brain long gone during his reign and a body that finally coughed it up.

  2. June 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Read it and weep, liberal zombie – who most likely benefited from the Reagan expansion:

    The Reagan Boom – Greatest Ever, “Under President Reagan, top personal income tax rates were lowered dramatically, from 70 percent to 28 percent. This policy change was the prime force behind the record breaking economic expansion. Interest rates and inflation also fell sharply and, so far, have stayed comfortably low – a further indication of the power and pervasiveness of Mr. Reagan’s economic policies. The stock market. Perhaps the key indicator of an economy’s booms and busts is the stock market, the bottom line economic report card. And here the record has been striking. During the period from 1970 to 1982, the stock market barely moved. The Standard & Poor’s index of 500 stocks inched up about 35 percent during that entire period. But starting in late 1982, just as Reaganomics began to work, the stock market took off like a giant skyrocket. Since then, the Standard & Poor’s index has soared, reaching a record high of 360, almost triple what it was in 1982.” – NYTimes January 17, 1990, Martin Anderson; Martin Anderson, a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, at Stanford University

    The New York Times (6/6/04): “After the 1981-82 recession, Mr. Reagan presided over the longest economic expansion in history, one that saw the creation of 16 million jobs.”

    New York Daily News (6/6/04): “Throughout much of the Reagan presidency, the country enjoyed what was then the longest economic expansion in U.S. history.”

    The Philadelphia Inquirer (6/6/04): “In 1983, the United States entered its longest economic expansion since World War II.”

    The Washington Post (6/6/04): “When Reagan took office in 1981 after the inflation-ravaged years of Jimmy Carter, his advisers warned of a looming ‘economic Dunkirk.’ When he left the presidency eight years later, inflation and unemployment had fallen sharply and the country was in the midst of what was then the longest economic expansion in history.”

    CNN (6/7/04): “When Reagan took office in 1981, high inflation forced his advisors to warn of an coming economic Dunkirk. When he finished his term, inflation and unemployment had fallen sharply and the country was in the midst of what was then the longest economic expansion in history.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial (6/7/04): “He presided over the longest economic expansion in history with the creation of 16 million jobs, yet cutbacks in social programs left millions of Americans more vulnerable than ever.”

    Jack Wheeler column, The Washington Times (6/8/04): “Five years ago, in February 1999, I wrote the following tribute to this extraordinary man. ‘He crushed inflation along with left-wing Keynesian economics and launched the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. Starting in 1982, the Reagan Boom is now in its 18th year – with only a short eight-month shallow interregnum caused by the oil-price spike following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990.'”

    The Reagan tax cuts, “Once the economy received an unambiguous tax cut in January 1983, income tax revenues climbed dramatically, increasing by more than 54 percent by 1989 (28 percent after adjusting for inflation).” – Heritage Foundation

    As for Sen. Porkzilla and other people’s money:

    Citizens Against Government Waste called Byrd the “Emperor Palpatine of Pork”, “In his over forty-eight years (!) in the United States Senate, Senator Byrd has achieved a pork record that is second to none. From the Robert C. Byrd Expressway to the Robert C. Byrd Freeway; the Robert C. Byrd Institute to the Robert C. Byrd Federal Building (both of them), Senator Byrd has truly left his mark on West Virginia — and the federal budget. (And let us not overlook the proposed Robert C. Byrd rooms in the U.S. Capitol.) It would be appropriate to erect some kind of monument to his century-spanning resume — except that he already did so himself.”

    Senator Robert C. Byrd’s Pork Tally:
    50: Total years in the Senate (since 1958)
    49: Years served on appropriations committees (since 1959)
    $3.3 billion: total West Va. pork from 1991 to 2008
    $2.26 billion: total West Va. pork from 2000 to 2008
    $1.2 billion: total projects added in the Senate from fiscal 1995 to fiscal 2006. (Projects that can most likely be attributed to Sen. Byrd)
    $386 million added by Sen. Byrd in 2008

    As with most liberals, Byrd was a parasite who fed on other people’s hard earned money. Good to be rid of him.

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