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Notable Quotables

Notable Quotables

The Good....

The Washington Post
“Citizens Against Government Waste is Washington's leading opponent of pork-barrel spending. Its annual Pig Book, which lists the government's narrow giveaways, is used by news outlets worldwide to ridicule federal earmarks.” -- Jeff Birnbaum, February 20, 2007.

The Washington Times
“No one was happier about this than Citizens Against Government Waste, the fiercely combative anti-pork lobby that sent out a news release titled ‘Congress Goes Kosher: CAGW Cheers Pork-Free Diet.’”-- Donald Lambro, referring to the earmark moratorium for fiscal 2007. December 18, 2006

The Amarillo Globe-News Online
“Citizens Against Government Waste, an organization that tracks the spending habits of money-hungry lawmakers painstakingly and holds them accountable . . .” -- December 3, 2006.

CNN "Inside Politics"
"(CAGW's Pig Book) finds congressmen bringing home more than their share of legislative bacon." -- March, 2001

"(CAGW's) annual Pig Book (is) a catalog of government excess." -- March 19, 2001

Deseret News
"The Pig Book is evidence of what happens if money stays inside the beltway." -- March 15, 2001

Kansas City Star
"(The) Pig Book blasts both Republicans and Democrats alike..."-- April 22, 2000 Stephen Winn

Associated Press
"(CAGW is) Congress' pork barrel patrol." -- March 11, 1998

Senator John McCain (R-Arizona)
"I believe that this book should be read by every citizen in America... What is being done here by CAGW, in my view, is of the greatest importance. (M)y constituents... need to have these concrete examples of the way that business is done here in Washington, D.C., unfortunately, and the only way it's going to stop is when it's exposed."

Representative Ed Royce (R- California)
"CAGW really has been a pioneer in publishing and working to eliminate pork in federal spending, and I think the chairman, Jack Anderson, and the founder, Peter Grace, probably did more to raise wasteful government spending from a back page topic to an issue to be dealt with on the national front page agenda... Together we've been able to establish a new political agenda...which sees pork spending for what it is - an unacceptable use of taxpayers' funds."

Former Representative David Minge (D-Minnesota)
"We can, with the assistance of an organization like CAGW, say in one year this (publication) is not needed."

The Bad....

The Stamford Advocate
"From what I've heard so far, they've wasted paper."
-- Stamford, Connecticut Mayor Dannel Malloy, when asked about his city’s projects in the 2006 Congressional Pig Book. February 1, 2007.

Media General News Service
“There is no such thing as bad press."
-- Jonathan Halsey, project manager for the Sparta Teapot Museum, which received the Tempest in a Teapot Oinker Award in the 2006 Congressional Pig Book for its $500,000 earmark. April 6, 2006.

Irish Times
"Eighteen young people have benefited greatly from this project."
--Stephen Turner, national secretary of the YMCA in Northern Ireland, referring to an employment project helped by the International Fund for Ireland, recipient of The Unlucky Charm Oinker Award in the 2006 Congressional Pig Book for its $13.5 million earmark. April 10, 2006.

Dr. Brooks A. Mick, The Conservative Voice
In response to a CAGW press release criticizing proposed NASA missions to the moon and Mars: "It is quite certain that the Sun will, in a couple billion years or so, flare up and incinerate and vaporize the earth and other planets as it dies out. If we follow the advice of the skinflint stingies at CAGE [sic], we will all die....The CAGE [sic] approach, then, if one takes the long view, results in the death of humanity and all creatures on Earth."

The Cincinnati Post
"Sen. DeWine is not ashamed to fight in the Senate for Ohio jobs."-- Amanda Flaig, spokesperson for Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), responding to the senator earning Porker of the Month after he opposed competitive bidding to protect a large Ohio health care company. November 10, 2003

Senator Ted Stevens, (R- Alaska)
"I am guilty of asking the Senate for pork and proud of the Senate for giving it to me." -- March 15, 2001 Remarks from a National Public Radio appearance

"I want to put the Senate on notice that this year I am going to seek funds so that every village in Alaska has runway lights." -- March 15, 2001-- Comments during a Senate floor debate.

Senator Robert Byrd (D- West Virginia)
"Let me thank the good senator from Alaska for being a good servant of his people. I have been in the same boat with the senator in many ways, and I have no apologies to make. What's one man's pork is another man's job."-- March 15, 2001 During Senate floor debate

"Run me over, that's all right, but tell the good speaker that I'm not dropping anything."-- December/January 2001 Speaking on loan guarantees for steel companies to George Magazine.

"Ted Stevens and I have had to rob Peter to pay Paul." -- Feb. 5, 2001, Roll Call

Representative Jack Kingston, (R- Georgia)
"CAGW seems to have its own brand of hoof-in-mouth." -- March 15, 2001 Atlanta Constitution

Mary Jane Collinpriest, Press Secretary for Senator Robert Bennett, (R-Utah)
"I think few people in Utah would say that funding for light rail is a waste of money."-- March 15, 2001 Deseret News

Senator Richard Shelby (R- Alabama)
"I never apologize for my efforts to support worthy projects that Alabama." -- March 17, 2001 Synicated column by Bob Ingram

Syracuse Post- Standard
"Doesn't our cheese museum rank with South Carolina's rice museum?"-- March 31, 2001 Editorial

Detroit News
"What sense is there in Michigan taxpayers sending so many billions of dollars to Washington if the money just gets sent back minus a big bite for bureaucratic overhead?"-- March 14, 2001

Leon Panetta, Director, Panetta Institute
"The senator went through the roof."-- March 17, 2001 Comments made after the Clinton Administration sought to limit West Virginia Transporation funds

Colin Kaltenbach, University of Arizona
"Our opinion is that it's not pork, but in fact, is government support of research that's needed to feed this nation." -- March 15, 2001 Speaking on behalf of shrimp aquaculture research for CNN Inside Politics

GOP Insider
"It's not like Hastert can lay a glove on Lott. (He) has a long way to go before he reaches that level."-- Roll Call

The Ugly....

Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.)
"I want to be there as often as I possibly can for as much money as I possibly can." -- on being cited in the Pig Book. Charleston Post and Courier, February 21, 2007.

Hawaii Star Tribune
“We present this year's Bonehead Award for [CAGW’s] inclusion, as pork, of $2.1 million to combat the distribution and use of crystal methamphetamine in Hawaii.”-- April 10, 2006

Senator Trent Lott (R- Mississippi)
"Do you know what I got to say to them? 'Go to ...,'" said Lott, who stopped his sentence short. "I am not intimidated by that sort of thing." -- Nov. 12, 2003 Roll Call. Defending himself from criticism after doubling the Senate's office decorating funds.

"Pork is in the eye of the beholder. Where I'm from, that's federal programs that go north of Memphis."-- March 15, 2001 CNN Inside Politics

Lynn Becker, Spokeswoman for Senator Herb Kohl (D- Wisconsin)
"It's not a theme park of woolly mammoth reproductions, the kind of projects people like to point fingers at as not worthwhile." -- March 14, 2001 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond (R- Missouri)
"That's empty headed criticism." -- April 8, 2001 St. Louis Post Dispatch

Senator Ted Stevens, (R- Alaska)
"All they are is a bunch of psychopaths." -- December 26, 1999 Associated Press

How did Alaska make out in the $317 billion defense bill? "Like a bandit," Stevens said with a half-suppressed smile. "Wait until you read it." - January 2, 2002 Anchorage Daily News

Senator Robert Byrd (D- West Virginia)
"You might as well slap my wife as take away the highway money from West Virginia."-- December/ January 2001 George Magazine

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