Congratulations you just spent $32.8 million to propagate the legacy of the Kennedy family. The $410B supplemental spending package just signed into law by Barack Obama contained $32.8M in earmarks to celebrate the Kenendy Legacy. Included in the package was $5.8M for the new “Edward Kennedy Institute for the Senate”, $22M for the Kennedy Library and $5M for a gateway to the Harbor Islands on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Associated Press has the story.
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.
The $22 million JFK library earmark was sponsored by fellow Massachusetts Democrat Sen. John Kerry, who is also a top sponsor for the money for the Kennedy Senate Institute. Kerry defended the library project, which he said is needed to upgrade the facility.
This is completely outrageous. We are in the midst of a financial crisis but we can spend money on a “Kennedy Institute for the Senate”? Don’t forget the Tax Day Tea Party at City Hall Plaza on April 15. It’s time for a revolution.