The day after warning that reckless fiscal policy was pumping air into a "government bubble," U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas received an Oinker Award from a watchdog group that tracks politicians' pet projects.
Citizens Against Government Waste recognized Brownback and fellow Kansas Republicans Pat Roberts and Todd Tiahrt for procuring $3.5 million for the National Institute for Aviation Research. The citizens' group notes that institute's clients are aerospace companies, "who should have paid for this program."
Browback also received mentioned in the "Pig Book" for snagging $12.5 million in agriculture-related appropriations. One beneficiary of Brownback's efforts, the Kansas Farm Bureau Federation, applied for a $7 million stimulus grant for rural broadband development.
When he's not helping his farm pals to Obamabucks, Brownback likes to suggest the stimulus was illusory by wrapping it in air quotes.