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Posted on Mar 13, 2008
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All three presidential candidates are scheduled to be back in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. A Republican senator has proposed a yearlong ban on earmarks and, shocking though it may seem, John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are apparently on board with the idea. Their colleagues in the Senate, however, are somewhat less enthusiastic.

Congress also expects to vote on a budget framework and tax proposals.


The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a one-year moratorium on earmarks, a proposal that has pitted presidential candidates John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton against some of their parties’ leaders and driven a wedge between fiscal conservatives and old-bull Senate appropriators who don’t take kindly to the intrusion on their turf.

At the center of it all is Sen. Jim DeMint.

The first-term South Carolina Republican introduced the earmark moratorium after becoming convinced that the GOP’s participation in the provisioning of home-state pork—as well as its ties to lobbyists and all their “shameless requests”—had cost the party control of the House and the Senate in 2006.

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By rowdy, March 14, 2008 at 10:26 am Link to this comment

the economy is in the dumpster. don’t you read the news? does all of your info come from “rush”? you are absolutely “clueless”. MORON

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By Marshall, March 13, 2008 at 10:14 pm Link to this comment

From the AP story: “Democrats said [Bush] squandered trillions of dollars in projected surpluses that he inherited in 2001.”

Their ability to twist history is fully operational.  a) how do you squander “projected” surpluses?  b) those projected surpluses melted away with the bust which had nothing to do with Bush.  Only after he subsequently passed tax cuts did the economy rebound.

This is one main reason I could NEVER be a Democrat.  When it comes to fiscal policy, they are absolutely, positively clueless.

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By Marshall K, March 13, 2008 at 11:34 am Link to this comment

Yeah, his balls.

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By DennisD, March 13, 2008 at 7:31 am Link to this comment
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Back to what “work”. Since when is doing political favors for your friends and handing out taxpayer dollars considered work. 

Nice job if you can afford to buy your way into it. So they’re now going to consider a bill that changes the word “earmark” to something else for a whole year. Things must be slow on the steroid front.

Just call it what it is - a “kickback”.

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