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Republicans Give Up Pork

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Posted on Nov 16, 2010
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Senate Republicans have agreed not to use earmarks, the bacon delivery system favored by many a senator. It’s a party decision, but there’s movement for a floor vote banning earmarks altogether, and the White House and some Democrats are on board.

Los Angeles Times:

Supporters of the earmark ban now will push for a full Senate floor vote and a promise from President Obama to veto any spending bill containing earmarks.

“It’s a great first step,” said incoming Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. “We said we wanted to come up here and be an alternative to the direction that the president and the Democratic leadership were taking our country, and this is the first step towards putting our money literally where our mouth is.”

Earmarks represent spending targeted at particular projects sought by lawmakers and are popular for their political appeal. But they also have become a symbol of excessive spending and government waste.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment

PatrickHenry, - “Cut the military budget in half, there’s more pork in that than a Honey Baked ham.”

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Half? No. That would be suicide. But otherwise I believes this is the first thing we agree on.  Well said.

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By PatrickHenry, November 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

Republicans give up pork, now there’s a newsworthy fiction.

Cut the military budget in half, there’s more pork in that than a Honey Baked ham.

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By samosamo, November 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment

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Seems oxymoronic to have gone to all the trouble
to gerrymander sweet districts so’s to pay those
‘loyal’ constituents for their votes through
funding legislation marked as ‘earmarks’. As
some have commented, there must already be
sort of razzle-dazzle set up to circumvent the
ostensible idea, if and when it is voted on, of no
more earmarks. I believe orwell called it
doublespeak and/or euphemistic language.
Something politicians so easily learn to master
because it is lying and deception.

Well, it hasn’t been voted on yet, if it ever really
will be, so we still should get to see how well
those members of the tea party will handle the
lobby ‘bribe dollars’ when the lobbyers and how
their claim to ‘change the government’ will really
play out. My idea is that the change will hardly be
detectable from the old to this ‘new’ version of
congress.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

“Pork: The Other White Meat”

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By Sole Prop, November 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment
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My assumption has always been earmarks are an excellent
mechanism to funnel dollars into a particular Congress
person’s re-election account. “You give me money, I
give you another no-bid project here in River City
(wink! wink!).”

I’ve seen little or no comment on this aspect in the press and,
since I have no evidence it’s endemic (hard to imagine it isn’t), I’d
like to see research for or against. “Follow the
money.” is always good advice.

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By Beltwaylaid, November 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment
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Repubs suspending ‘pork’?  In a pigs eye!  They will
just call it something else.  The party of vileness and
beguilers knows no bounds.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment

More evidence of the “irrelevant” -fringe- Tea protesters effecting politics all across the nation, eh, ITW?

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By marcus medler, November 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

If one watches closely the members will come up with something similar.  They
will name it,  star giver awards, maybe; targeted american patriot stimulant; no
worry these venal and careless money guys LOVE SPENDING YOUR CHILDREN’S
MONEY.

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By montymarket, November 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment
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If Obama comes out for it, then the repugs will have to back off—no legislative victories allowed.  See Smart Treaty to reduce nukes.  See meeting with repugs to discuss the debt.  See failed Korean trade pact (did Eric Cantor promise the Koreans that he would fight against the US position on this, too?).

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By Inherit The Wind, November 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment

Michelle Bachmann, in her usual display of selfishness, wants transportation earmarks excluded from the earmark ban.  This the same lady who wants to end subsidy programs—except the farm subsidy program SHE collects on…  and so it goes…

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By skulz fontaine, November 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

“REPUBLICANS GIVE UP PORK!”
Yeah yeah sure sure. And then and then, the Repubicons will give up war and
torture and spying on Americans and CIA renditions and wow they’re going to
hand over G. Bush to the ICC at the Hague.
?When pigs sprout wings and take to flying holding patterns over downtown
Jerusalem…
and there’ll be air fit to breath…
and all “God’s” children will live happily ever after in peace and harmony…?
Golly, what WILL Sen. Itchy McConnell do for pocket change?

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By graywolf, November 17, 2010 at 11:56 am Link to this comment
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Cut the deficit by cutting spending—that is how. Reduce the salary of congress (stating at $175K—please..for what??).  All parties, all governmental agencies, all entitlement programs need to be reviewed by an independant party and cut/reduced. Jobs need to be created in the private sector. Government is not in the business of doing business. They have no clue how to run a business. This is a Red and Blue issue. Across the board.

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By rico, suave, November 17, 2010 at 10:00 am Link to this comment

FF:

“For the Republicans to say they they are going to end earmarks is just political rhetoric.”

I am not hopeful, but I am willing to wait for the more spines to melt.

Andy Harris from Maryland-1 has already failed and it’s only been two weeks.

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By Fat Freddy, November 17, 2010 at 9:51 am Link to this comment

rico, suave

How about, instead of fixing a falling bridge, building a tunnel in Atlantic City, to help people get to the northern marina casinos (Borgata, Harrah’s and Trump), instead? And while we are on the subject, how about a big federally funded beach replenishment fund for Atlantic City and Margate? Oh wait, doesn’t Rep Frank LoBiondo own a house in Margate? Aren’t his largest contributors the casinos? I thought the casinos were broke? BUT, the federal government is developing a new air traffic control system. Guess where they are doing that? Rep LoBiondo’s district (my district), that’s where. That’s money that would have been spent, anyway, right?

The problem with earmarks, is you can’t generalize them. Each one needs to be looked at individually. For the Republicans to say they they are going to end earmarks is just political rhetoric. More lies.

If you want to see real hypocrisy in the GOP, look at Sen Bob Corker, and his relationship with the banks and the Federal Reserve. After fighting to water down the “Audit the Fed” amendment, he now wants to “limit their power”.

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By Micah'sbestfriend, November 17, 2010 at 9:40 am Link to this comment
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Is the defense budget and pentagon funding considered pork barrel spending also?

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By rico, suave, November 17, 2010 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

CaptRon:

“They curbed earmarks and kept their special interests for their rich contributors.” Did they really? Do you have an example?

A more responsible view would be to wait and see if it really comes to pass- then fire the bastards when it doesn’t.

Cutting earmarks is largely symbolic anyway- a few points out of the total- but they are powerful symbols nonetheless of cronyism, payoffs, outright bribery, quid pro quo, etc.

But they are NOT symbolic to individual districts which receive them. I am looking forward to the day when some district in, say, New Jersey (are you listening ITW?) rises up and demands that the taxes they send to Washington come back home to fix the bridge that just fell down. Then we’ll find out if their congressman has any cojones.

We’ll also find out if liberals can be true to their redistributionist values, and volunteer to send money to Washington, knowing they will never see it again.

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By Fat Freddy, November 17, 2010 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

How about ending 2 illegal wars you jerkoffs if you are so worried about the deficit. What maroons.

^THIS^

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By CaptRon, November 17, 2010 at 1:37 am Link to this comment

Same old game from the GOP. End “Earmarks” they say, lower the deficit. How?? Of course, you drop the term “Earmarks” and call it something else. Accomplishes exactly what they want. They curbed earmarks and kept their special interests for their rich contributors. Same old GOP. THEY FIGURE THEY ARE THE ONLY SMART ONES & EVERYONE ELSE IS STUPID! If we let them get away with this sort of politics, as we already have, then they are correct. Look in your mirror. Are you stupid?

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By Queenie, November 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm Link to this comment

How about ending 2 illegal wars you jerkoffs if you are so worried about the deficit. What maroons.

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