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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Iowa Defense Alliance: Iowa's hog problem: More than a Harkin earmark

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Defense Alliance

Tom Harkin has requested an earmark for the research of pig odor. The
article I link has been spread all over the world. A quick Google
check found pages of news about this earmark. One I clicked was at
Taiwan News. FOX News and other media outlets have covered the story.
Taxpayers and voters will look at this story as a way to criticize
pork spending, perhaps get a laugh. Iowans should not be laughing. I
am not here to debate if Harkin's one of many earmarks is worthy of
being put in the current spending bill. Instead, I wish to focus on
the Pork Industry in Iowa. If you pay attention while traveling almost
anywhere in Iowa you will see long buildings all over the Iowa
landscape. Many of these are hog confinement buildings owned by out of
state interests.

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