There is no recession at the Federal Pork Buffet. During the first seven years, Bush loaded up the federal buffet for all of Congress to wallow in. In FY 2008 there are 11,737 earmarks for a total of $16.9 billion of tax payers’ money allocated by congress for their individual pet projects. By requesting $2.3 billion in earmarks for FY2009, Mrs. Clinton has nearly tripled the largest amount received by any other single senator. Clinton’s office justified the requests by stating that the money is needed because of the Bush administration. So I take it that she is saying that her fiscal irresponsibility is because Bush forced her to do it.