Friday, March 07, 2008

U.S. H.R.2764 Appropriates $45 Million For The United States Holocaust Museum, But Only $200,000 For Veterans "Remembrance"

I guess Congress likes Jews more than veterans.

I also guess a $16.6 million net profit for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in FY2006 wasn't enough for them.

Now Congress has passed an omnibus spending bill, H.R.2764, which was signed into law by the President on December 26th, 2007. This bill, entitled the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 and sponsored by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), appropriates funds for a seemingly endless variety of agencies and projects nationwide. But what caught the eye of a number of outraged citizens was a provision originally embedded in one of the bill's predecessors, H.R.2643, sponsored by Rep. Norman Dicks (D-WA) back in June 2007 (H.R.2643, which, along with other similar bills, were eventually folded into H.R.2764). The identical language appeared in both bills. Here's the passage generating concern:

For expenses of the Holocaust Memorial Museum, as authorized by Public Law 106-292 (36 U.S.C. 2301-2310), $44,996,000, of which $515,000 for the equipment replacement program shall remain available until September 30, 2009; and $1,900,000 for the museum's repair and rehabilitation program and $1,264,000 for the museum's exhibition design and production program shall remain available until expended.


$45 million in taxpayer dollars for a Holocaust museum? You have got to be freaking kidding me! And it's not as if this museum is in serious danger of closing any time soon; through my previous research, I found out that this museum generated $16.6 million in NET profit in FY2006. That's right, NET profit, after all financial obligations had been met.

However, another provision of H.R.2764 generated even more outrage. An appropriation was also reserved for a National Moment of Remembrance for our veterans. Here's the passage:

For necessary expenses of the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance, $200,000, which shall be transferred to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Departmental Administration, General Operating Expenses account and be administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.


Imagine that! $45 million for a "Jewish museum", and only $200,000 to remember veterans. Considering the hassles veterans are enduring when transitioning back into civilian life, reclaiming lost jobs, getting treatment from the V.A., and fending off requests to recoup unused enlistment bonuses from wounded troops, it's an insult to the men and women who've laid it on the line for our country. Not to mention that, nationwide, an estimated one out of every four homeless persons is a veteran.

O.K., technically speaking, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, one of a network of 23 in the United States (Holocaust, Inc.), is more than a Jewish museum, since they've been slowly expanding the scope to memorialize the victims of other genocides. But because of massive publicity, which is explained somewhat in the research report Who Rules America, the Holocaust has become identified as strictly a "kosher" affair. "Holocaust" and "Jew" have become almost as inseparable as peanut butter and jelly, or ham and eggs, or fried chicken and watermelon. And as a result of Jewish pressure, European researchers who publicly dispute the official account of the Holocaust have been smeared as "Holocaust Deniers" and imprisoned by European governments for such crimes as "spreading false news" and "defaming the memory of the dead". German prisoner of conscience Ernst Zuendel is the most prominent victim.

But that's not all. In one final burst of spending, the U.S. House, adding insult to injury, voted 407-13 in November 2007 to give $5 million more of our tax dollars to Poland to help them build a museum in Warsaw to be dedicated to Poland's Jews. The bill, H.R.3320, originally sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), and now awaiting action in the U.S. Senate, is entitled "An Act to provide assistance for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland". Here is Section 3, the specific part describing the appropriation:

SEC. 3. ASSISTANCE FOR THE MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF POLISH JEWS.

(a) In General- Assistance provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State shall be made available to assist in the development of the permanent collection of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
(b) Authorization for Assistance- To carry out the purposes of subsection (a), the Secretary of State is authorized to provide $5,000,000, which shall remain available until expended, to the Museum for the History of Polish Jews.


Since when is it our responsibility to memorialize Polish Jews in Poland? If the Poles want to memorialize their Jews, let them do it at their expense. We've got a near $10 trillion national debt in this country. It's bad enough we're shoveling $45 million at our own Holocaust museum, but to pay for some other country's museum is utterly insane.

Unless, of course, the only way the Poles would build it is if WE paid for it.

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