Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sen Cardin Wastes Tax Dollars in Norway

What do Sen. Cardin, Norway and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have in common? Washington Post

From the Department of Press Releases You Don't Get Every Day comes this dispatch, courtesy of Sen. Benjamin Cardin's (D-Md.) office: "Red Hot Chili Peppers Arrive in Sub-zero Arctic Seed Vault."

What's that you say? The seminal Los Angeles alterna-rock-funk band is playing ... in a seed vault? In the Arctic? Well, no. But it's almost that interesting.

Cardin is the chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, otherwise known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission. The agency is best known for its work on human rights issues but also works on economic development and other topics. And so Cardin is leading a seven-member congressional delegation to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault "deep in a mountain on a remote Norwegian archipelago near the North Pole," as the release describes it.

Their mission: To deliver the seeds of chili peppers -- the kind you eat, not the kind on your iPod -- and the seeds of many other plants to the vault, which is designed to serve as a backup system and preservation site in case some man-made or natural disaster destroys a large portion of the world's crops.

"The world is interdependent when it comes to crop diversity, the essential raw material needed for a healthy and robust food supply," Cardin said in the release. "As we manage the impact of climate change and other natural and man-made disasters around the world, the seed vault in Svalbard will be the safety deposit box that ensures we can keep that food supply intact."

The seed vault is roughly 4,000 miles from Washington, D.C., but Cardin did not mention what kind of music the members listened to on their flight.
Comment: Here's another great example of the tremendous need to repeal the 17th Amendment. Our country is in the middle of a depression that gets worse by the day and this jackass Cardin is over in Norway wasting our tax dollars.

While the overall bill for the trip might be small in comparison to the $1 trillion deficit, what does the trip say about Cardin's concern for the economy or our country; not much.

Let's repeal the 17th Amendment and get the jackasses, no the dumb-asses, out of the Senate.

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