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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The AP's New Euphemism for "Pork"

Now that Democrats are in total control of the Federal Government, it's no longer "earmarks" or "pork," they're "back-home projects."

From James Taranto's column in the WSJ:

See if you can spot the new euphemism in this Associated Press report on the new $1.1 trillion budget bill (yes, that's trillion with 1,000 B's):

The measure combines $447 billion in operating budgets with about $650 billion in mandatory payments for federal benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. It wraps together six individual spending bills and also contains more than 5,000 back-home projects sought by lawmakers in both parties.

Seems to us that back when the Republicans controlled Congress, "back-home projects" were called "earmarks" or "pork."

It will be only a matter of time before the Virginian Pilot catches on.

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