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This Economy Is Calling Out, Desperately, for a Polar Bear Exhibit

Joe Biden, December 24: “There will be no earmarks in this economic recovery plan . . . I know it’s the Christmas season, but President-elect Obama and I are absolutely determined that this economic recovery package will not become a Christmas tree.”

Somebody didn’t get the memo, apparently:

Here are some of the programs state and local officials have targeted for funding in the Obama stimulus plan that are being criticized by some congressional Republicans:

– $4.8 million for a polar bear exhibit in Rhode Island.

– $100 million to redevelop land for a casino in Philadelphia.

– $13 million in improvements in Las Vegas, much of it for a pedestrian bridge at the Tropicana hotel-casino.

– A yet-to-be-determined amount for a proposed $50 million museum in Las Vegas devoted to organized crime.

– $6 million for snow-making and maintenance facilities at Spirit Mountain, Minn.

Was Obama serious about keeping out the pork? We’ll know soon.

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