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Why Are Taxpayers Paying for Wine Tasting?
WSJ ^ | 15 June 2011 | JIM DEMINT

Posted on 06/15/2011 3:06:21 AM PDT by NautiNurse

Focus: The Economic Development Administration, U.S. Commerce Dept.

...the Senate is currently seeking to increase EDA funding to $500 million a year from $300 million. Worse, this bill passed out of a Senate authorization committee with unanimous, bipartisan support.

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In April, the bureau reported that it gave a $2 million grant to build a "culinary amphitheater," wine tasting room, and gift shop at the Port of Benton and the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Richland, Wash. The same month, it gave $1.5 million to promote tourism in the Northern Mariana Islands. In January, it spent $1 million on an "innovation conference center" in Arkansas to promote "cultural enrichment."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bowb4obama; dncprivilege; dncrico; dncwaste; kingofthedeficit; notaxes4ge; notaxes4geithner; notaxes4kerry; notaxes4rangel; notaxs4dnc; obamaisking; rico; taxpayer; waste
Hundreds of millions more wasted dollars for frivolous projects in the name of Economic Development. We cannot afford it. We must stop the economic destruction of our beloved nation.

Yesterday, we learned of $190 million in aid for Pakistani flood relief while U.S. tornado and flood destruction is piled for miles. Stop the madness.

1 posted on 06/15/2011 3:06:24 AM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: NautiNurse

2 posted on 06/15/2011 3:16:28 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: NautiNurse

Madness. Just Madness.


3 posted on 06/15/2011 3:20:39 AM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: NautiNurse
Politicians say they want to cut waste and fraud and abuse.

They haven't the slightest desire to do so. This is how they buy votes. If they have to cut -- really have to cut -- they will cut the things that really matter. Painful cuts. Outrageous cuts. Cuts that get people into the streets demanding immediate increases in taxes so that the things that were just cut can be quickly restored.

But cutting wine tasting??? Why would they cut that?

4 posted on 06/15/2011 3:21:33 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: All

where do I get my free Obama wine tastings?


5 posted on 06/15/2011 3:24:33 AM PDT by newnhdad
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To: rlmorel

We are Rome


6 posted on 06/15/2011 3:26:48 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: NautiNurse

Los of talk and outrage and nothing seems to get done.


7 posted on 06/15/2011 3:29:28 AM PDT by tal hajus (ever the cynic)
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To: NautiNurse

unfortunately its becoming more and more obvious We the People will need to do the ob ourselves.


8 posted on 06/15/2011 3:37:39 AM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: Diogenesis

Q: Why Are Taxpayers Paying for Wine Tasting?

Q: We’ll be thrown in prison if we don’t.

Makes ya proud, doesn’t it?


9 posted on 06/15/2011 3:37:45 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Obama, the Unholy, Won.)
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To: cake_crumb

The USA don’t need no stinkin revenue, keep tasteing the wine and licking Clinton’s butt. Hurry up mow, get in the groove, lick, lick, lick, lick.


10 posted on 06/15/2011 3:46:27 AM PDT by Waco (Nominate Palin or forget 2012 you lost)
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To: tal hajus

You are right.

I still have a newspaper article from the early 70’s citing “The GAO slams a study for $950,000 that explores why Aborigines smell the way they do.”

No lie, I’ve saved the article forever.

They did nothing more than make noise then...they will do nothing more than make noise today.


11 posted on 06/15/2011 4:05:33 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: NautiNurse

George S. Patton for President.


12 posted on 06/15/2011 4:09:40 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (PC's Tavern...)
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To: NautiNurse

Obviously the Fed doesn’t need to confiscate as much money as they are from the suffering slave taxpayers of the U.S. if they have to seek ways to spend what they strongarm from us.


13 posted on 06/15/2011 4:12:28 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Because it’s a limo lib activity. In 1980, John Anderson’s campaign around here consisted of wine and cheese tasting parties. Thanks NautiNurse.


14 posted on 06/15/2011 4:18:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: NautiNurse

The rich keep on getting richer..

CORRECTION: Those in ELITE and government circles get richer and the rest of us suckers keep getting stiffed to pay for it.


15 posted on 06/15/2011 4:25:49 AM PDT by J40000
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To: NautiNurse

Finally...some wine to go with the Government Cheese.


16 posted on 06/15/2011 4:36:55 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: DH
I still have a newspaper article from the early 70’s citing “The GAO slams a study for $950,000 that explores why Aborigines smell the way they do.”

Things haven't changed in Washington, obviously, because in the 80's there was a similar article about ridiculous govt. grants. I wish I had saved that as you did. But, I remember, in particular, one grant listed was to fund a study of The Sex Lives of Monkeys. At the time I was so outraged that I wrote a poem about it. I don't have the poem anymore, either, LOL.

Imagine. I am sure that was very important. Maybe for politicians the likes of Weiner, Clinton, Edwards, et al. I wonder if they were enticed with the study???

17 posted on 06/15/2011 4:40:44 AM PDT by CitizenM (If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.-Ronald Re)
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To: tal hajus
Los of talk and outrage and nothing seems to get done.

crickets chirping

18 posted on 06/15/2011 4:52:30 AM PDT by NautiNurse ("the Internet is the predator's venue of choice today"--Anthony Weiner (D-LIAR)
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Yesterday, we learned of $190 million in aid for Pakistani flood relief while U.S. tornado and flood destruction is piled for miles. Stop the madness.

If you get hit by a tornado or flood, dig yourself out. Take care of your family and your property, and screw waiting around for a government hand-out.

How many lives were destroyed when people wasted away waiting for a government hand-out after Katrina. Pick up and move on with your life.

19 posted on 06/15/2011 5:24:22 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you can read this / (To paraphrase on old line) / Thank a TAXPAYER!.)
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Great idea! Then we can send hundreds of millions $$$$$ more to Pakistan and wine tasting pavillons.


20 posted on 06/15/2011 5:33:10 AM PDT by NautiNurse ("the Internet is the predator's venue of choice today"--Anthony Weiner (D-LIAR)
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To: NautiNurse
Great idea! Then we can send hundreds of millions $$$$$ more to Pakistan and wine tasting pavillons.

Better still to just not spend the money at all. It's not like we didn't have to borrow every dollar we spend, anyway.

Complaining that somebody else got their free money from the government before you got your free money from the government perpetuates the problem.

21 posted on 06/15/2011 5:44:42 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you can read this / (To paraphrase on old line) / Thank a TAXPAYER!.)
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To: Haiku Guy
I'm not waiting for free money from the government. You might get a better reception if you didn't insinuate such poppycock.

BTW-Haiku Guy-have you ever lived through a major natural disaster? Have you ever volunteered to assist with the wounded or cleanup following a disaster? Streets impassable, no phone service, no electricity, no potable water, no garbage pickup. In other words, the infrastructure of the community is destroyed.

You haven't been around here long enough to know much at all about me. Let's get back on topic now--government waste.

22 posted on 06/15/2011 6:10:55 AM PDT by NautiNurse ("the Internet is the predator's venue of choice today"--Anthony Weiner (D-LIAR)
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To: NautiNurse

As far as digging out goes, been there, done that.

Of course, I meant “you” in a general sense. I id not mean to imply that you, personally, were waiting around in line for a government check.

I was just saying that waiting around for the government to help after a disaster is the wrong move, and that the government uses such circumstances to increase the culture of dependency.


23 posted on 06/15/2011 6:21:31 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you can read this / (To paraphrase on old line) / Thank a TAXPAYER!.)
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