October 17, 2007, - 12:10 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Wow. That’s me envisioning the hilarious Republican campaign commericals about Hillary Clinton and her Woodstock buds and how they paid her off after she paid them off . . . with YOUR tax money.
Yup, Hillary Clinton and her colleague Sen. Charles “Chuckie” Schumer pushed a Senate committee to approve $1 million in tax-funding for a Woodstock concert museum, as part of the Senate education spending bill. That’s right–it was one of those nasty earmarks we must get rid of.
And–Quelle Coincidence!–just days after that, Hillary and Chuckie received $29,200 from museum proprietor/billionaire Alan Gerry as a giant “thank you.”
1) Um, why do taxpayers need to fund a museum dedicated to the unworthy several muddy, rainy days of drug-addled, anti-war, counterculture debauchery on someone’s farm in the ’60s?
2) Why the heck does a billionaire–Gerry is a former cable TV mogul with gobs and gobs of money–need working stiff taxpayers to fund this monument to excess and idiocy?
Yup, while working-class taxpayers are taxed up the butt for smoking ciggies, their money is going to a billionaire to fund a museum glorifying the imbecility that was Woodstock . . . all courtesy of Hillary.
More from USA Today:
On the federal level, Gerry, his wife and three children have given $507,800 since 1998, including $272,050 to Democrats and $212,750 to Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Gerry’s wife, Sandra, is a registered Democrat.
Most of the Democratic recipients helped the Woodstock venture. Since 2005, the Gerrys have donated $150,000 to the Schumer-led Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and $18,600 to Clinton.
Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., who earmarked $200,000 for the project in 2003, has received $19,500 since 1998. Hinchey spokesman Jeff Lieberson said the project would offer a “huge economic boost.”
Gerry bought the site in Bethel, N.Y., a decade ago to make it a tourist center. A performing arts center opened last year. The two-story museum, under construction, will place Woodstock in the context of the 1960s counterculture movement.
The million-dollar earmark was included in a Senate education spending bill that came out of committee on June 21. On June 26, the Gerrys and two of their children who sit on the foundation’s board made $20,000 in contributions to the Schumer-led Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. On June 30, the couple made $9,200 in contributions to Clinton’s presidential campaign – the maximum allowed by law.
Again, can’t wait for this campaign commercial. And since I know that many GOP consultants in DC and elsewhere read this site, I’m chomping at the bit. Make sure to show footage of muddy, greasy long-haired concertgoers smoking doobies.
BTW, What ever happened to: I went to Woodstock and all I got was this lousy T-shirt?
Now, they go to Woodstock, and taxpayers fund their lousy museum.
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