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March 12, 2009

Over 100 Million Dollars One Out Of Every 5 Dollars In Earmarks For MA To Memorialize The Kennedys*

Wouldn't it just be cheaper to rename the whole damn state after them and be done with it?

More than one out of every five dollars of the $126 million Massachusetts is receiving in earmarks from a $410 billion federal spending package is going to help preserve the legacy of the Kennedys.

The bill includes $5.8 million for the planning and design of a building to house a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate. The funding may also help support an endowment for the institute.

The bill also includes $22 million to expand facilities at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum and $5 million more for a new gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a park system in downtown Boston named after Kennedy's mother and built on land opened up by the Big Dig highway project.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Kennedy, who at 77 is battling brain cancer, said he hadn't requested the money for the library and institute, and that there are dozens of other earmarks in the spending bill for homeless services and community health centers.

I say name that wind farm he opposes after old Teddy. And maybe a bridge somewhere. Yeah, that would be fun.

*Oops. Sorry about that. Lesson learned...don't do math while hopped up on cold medicine.


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