Just received my weekly email update from one of my Georgia Senators, Saxby Chambliss. The first two announcements detail the Senator’s efforts to cut federal spending:

Chambliss proposal to cut $3 billion in federal spending wins Senate approval

Chambliss cosponsors measure to cut federal spending

Fantastic, eh? Clearly, these lawmakers are really serious about cutting pork. Nice to see the Porkbuster movement has finally got these guys thinking about fiscal restraint.

But then, I see this announcement tucked away at the bottom of the email:

Agriculture funds to help Georgia

What’s this? Very little information in the email, so I go to Saxby’s Web site. After a little digging I find this press release. It reads:

Chambliss-Isakson Announce Agriculture Funds for Operation Oak Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today announced final Congressional approval of the fiscal year 2006 funding bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture including more than $400,000 in funding for the Operation Oak Program.

The Operation Oak Program is a federal partnership to supply oak and other mast producing hardwood species seedlings to meet the needs of timber production and wildlife management and to reverse the decline of hardwood regeneration.

Porkbusters, we hardly knew ye. If this isn’t pork, I don’t know what is.

Taxpayers should not buy oak seeds for timber producers. Especially $400,000 of oak seeds. If there’s money to be made in growing hardwood, I’m sure a lumber company will be more than happy to invest in seeds. That’s called the free market, Senators; here’s a book on it.

What’s next? Does McDonald’s need help buying hamburger meat? Can Home Depot use some help purchasing ceiling fans? How about the Dollar Tree? Perhaps we could help them buy those tiny screwdriver sets.

Good grief.