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  • A GOP Earmark Statement-The House majority defeats an effort to restore the pork habit.

    11/18/2014 7:20:50 AM PST · by 11th Commandment · 15 replies
    Opinion Journal ^ | November 17, 2014 9:00pm | Editorial Board
    The expanded House Republican majority is about to face some tests of unity, so it’s notable that they’re sticking to at least one principle. The House Republican caucus on Friday overwhelmingly beat back a bid by party spenders to reinstate earmarks. This was no foregone conclusion. Four years into the earmark ban, legislators on both sides ....... In introducing his repeal of the earmark ban on Friday, Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers....... .....Tom DeLay logrolling that contributed to the GOP defeat in 2006. Republicans are wise to resist the temptation.
  • Bill to end shutdown includes a $3 billion pork subsidy for Ohio River project

    10/17/2013 7:35:15 AM PDT · by sdnet · 7 replies
    Small Government Times ^ | 2013-10-17 | Steve Adcock
    In Washington’s limitless supply of corruption with American tax dollars, the deal that re-opened a supposed “closed” government included something extra special for Kentucky Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: a $2.8 billion provision to boost funding for the Olmstead dam and lock project on the Ohio River, calling into question the fed’s willingness to fund expensive projects when the country is flat broke. A priority for the minority leader, the Olmstead project would benefit eastern states like McConnell’s Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois.
  • Official White House Petition: Secure Resources & Funding & Begin Construction of a Death Star

    12/05/2012 7:41:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | Created: Nov 14, 2012 | WhiteHouse.gov
    WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016. By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.
  • Senator Says Nuts to SDSU (San Diego State University) "RoboSquirrel" Study

    10/24/2012 3:16:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | October 22, 2012 | Gary Robbins
    Senator says nuts to SDSU 'RoboSquirrel' study - The 'Robosquirrel' developed by San Diego State and UC Davis can move its tail to mimic the behavior of a real animal. UC Davis A San Diego State University research project involving robotic squirrels has been placed on Sen. Tom Coburn's annual list of wasteful government spending, a move the campus says is unfair and misleading. Coburn, R-Okla., issued the list last week, criticizing everything from the use of food stamps to purchase fast food to a subsidy for a struggling ferry business in Alaska. The list also is critical of the...
  • The T. Boone Pickens Earmark Bill (Ron Paul Co-Sponsors Taxpayer Boondoggle)

    05/14/2011 5:45:17 PM PDT · by mnehring · 90 replies
    Republicans in the House of Representatives are flocking to support a bill to extend and create a number of taxpayer-funded subsidies for manufacturers and buyers of vehicles powered by natural gas.   Nearly eighty House Republicans (and a hundred Democrats) have signed up as sponsors of H. R. 1380, the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act (or NAT GAS Act).  Just call it the T. Boone Pickens Earmark Bill.Many conservative Republicans in the House, particularly a number of new Members with Tea Party connections, have sworn that the fiscal and economic crisis confronting America requires a radical change...
  • Barack Obama's earmark threat flusters Democrats (Senate Dems upset over earmark veto threat)

    01/26/2011 2:00:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/26/2011 | Manu Raju
    President Barack Obama picked a fight Tuesday with his Senate Democratic colleagues over earmarks – and he’s well-positioned to win this battle against the parochial projects. After Obama surprised lawmakers in his State of the Union address with a bold threat to veto all bills with earmarks, Democrats in the Senate grew visibly frustrated, denouncing the president’s call as a power grab that’ll have little-to-no impact on the federal budget deficit. But the reality is that Democrats face a political climate that makes it virtually impossible to get any earmarks through this Congress if Obama and Republicans in Congress maintain...
  • The Obama’s Dance Company toGet Strict Government Oversight

    12/31/2010 1:23:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/31/10 | Dan Riehl
    There’s something curiously missing from this story on Chicago’s Mantu Dance Company. It may be the only time the company has made big news without a mention of Barack and Michelle Obama in years. One can only imagine the headlines were it so closely linked to a Republican President. Illinois officials are taking a closer look at a nonprofit dance company that was awarded a $4.5 million state grant in 2003 for a planned performing arts center on the South Side that has yet to begin construction.
  • Anti-earmark Tea Party Caucus takes $1 billion in earmarks.

    12/29/2010 11:39:00 AM PST · by katiedidit1 · 51 replies · 11+ views
    News.Yahoo.com ^ | 12/02/2010 | Reid Wilson
    Members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus may tout their commitment to cutting government spending now, but they used the 111th Congress to request hundreds of earmarks that, taken cumulatively, added more than $1 billion to the federal budget. [ For complete coverage of politics and policy, go to Yahoo! Politics ] According to a Hotline review of records compiled by Citizens Against Government Waste, the 52 members of the caucus, which pledges to cut spending and reduce the size of government, requested a total of 764 earmarks valued at $1,049,783,150 during Fiscal Year 2010, the last year for which...
  • Once Earmark Junkies, GOP Tries to Kick Habit

    12/21/2010 6:35:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2010 | Byron York
    When Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill recently went to war over the budget, press coverage suggested that pork-barrel earmark spending is still a bipartisan problem, that after months of self-righteous rhetoric about fiscal discipline, both parties remain equal-opportunity earmarkers. It's not true. A new analysis by a group of federal-spending watchdogs shows a striking imbalance between the parties when it comes to earmark requests. Democrats remain raging spenders, while Republicans have made enormous strides in cleaning up their act. In the Senate, the GOP made only one-third as many earmark requests as Democrats for the still-unpassed 2011 budget, and...
  • Republican Tax Deal Proves They Haven't Learned Anything

    12/16/2010 6:06:07 AM PST · by IbJensen · 24 replies
    Right Side News ^ | December 13, 2010 | James Simpson
    Nothing changes so much as it stays the same. The Democrats continue to be relentless in their determination to destroy this country, and Republicans, despite just coming off an historic electoral victory nationwide, still don’t get it. Republican_Safety_Plan ..... always covering their butts, always a safety net, always a bridge to back track on...(cya)...Picture FITS FOLKS! It would be impossible to imagine under normal circumstances that Democrats in Congress, having gone through what they have for the past two years, do not yet have their facts straight. But nothing changes so much as it stays the same – they still...
  • CALL TO ACTION- Congress (202) 224-3121 - Say NO TO OMNIBUS BILL

    12/15/2010 9:57:05 AM PST · by SE Mom · 81 replies
    15 December 2010
    ENOUGH! Call the Congressional Switchboard and ask for your Senator's office. NO MORE OUTRAGEOUS SPENDING! NO more hidden projects and sneaky laws passed inside the budget. Tell them (politely of course) IT IS TIME TO STOP. This bill will cost $1.1 TRILLION. There are 1,924 PAGES. EACH PAGE represents $575 MILLION. There are at LEAST 6,488 earmarks. Included in this bill is funding for the beginning of the health care legislation. CALL (202) 224-3121 NOW!!!
  • Bill Hemmer Grills GOP Senator On Earmark Hypocrisy

    12/15/2010 10:43:28 AM PST · by La Lydia · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 15, 2010
    Senator John Cornyn appeared on FOX News with anchor Bill Hemmer and hoped to discuss his strong opposition to the massive spending bill proposed by Democrats. Hemmer, however, would not let him escape without addressing Cornyn’s own contribution to the bill: $16 million worth of earmarks. Cornyn said he was in favor of an earmark moratorium yet considered his earmarks “individually defensible.” Hemmer rightly said “I’m confused.” First Cornyn described passing the spending bill at this time as “completely tone deaf . . . after coming off this election when the American people said very clearly that this runaway Washington...
  • DeMint will force readings of START Treaty and omnibus bill

    12/15/2010 9:30:51 AM PST · by Qbert · 68 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) will force readings of both a nuclear arms treaty and $1.1 trillion spending bill that could eat up hours of the remaining lame-duck Congress. DeMint will invoke a senatorial privilege to ask that texts of both the New START Treaty and the 2011 omnibus spending bill be read aloud on the Senate floor. The readings could take seven to 12 hours to verbalize the START Treaty, while the omnibus could take 40 to 60 hours, according to a spokesman for DeMint. The readings could eat up a substantial amount of time in the closing days of...
  • Funding vote to test Obama’s resolve on ending earmarks (6,600 - so far)

    12/15/2010 8:11:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/14/10 | Alexander Bolton
    Funding vote to test Obama’s resolve on ending earmarksBy Alexander Bolton - 12/14/10 08:36 PM ET Senate Democrats are moving aggressively to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that will test President Obama’s resolve on opposing congressional earmarks. The 1,924-page bill would set aside funding for thousands of earmarks, according to Senate aides tracking the legislation. Obama last month called for an earmark ban, saying in one of his weekly addresses that “we can’t afford” these items inserted by members of Congress “without adequate review.” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Tuesday called on Obama to intervene in the Senate’s...
  • Reid threatens to keep Congress into next year (New spending bill totals $575.13 million per page.)

    12/14/2010 1:45:30 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 107 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/14/2010 | Stephen Dinan
    Forget about going quietly into the night. Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a broad agenda for an end-of-session sprint that, in other years, could be a whole year's worth of activity — ranging from an arms-reduction treaty with Russia to a major immigration bill to overturning the ban on gay troops. And that's not to mention the nearly 2,000-page, $1.1 trillion massive spending bill Senate Democrats said they'll try to push through. The bill contains hundreds of pork-barrel spending projects and new rules governing everything from airport baggage to detainees at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "We're not through....
  • Breaking: Tax Cut Bill Advances in Senate

    12/13/2010 1:55:29 PM PST · by rightistight · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/13/10 | Aurelius
    The tax cut compromise reached by President Obama and Republicans has passed its first hurdle in the Senate. According to breaking news, the tax deal has gained the 60 votes it needed to advance in the Senate. This would pave the way for the bill's passing in only a day or two. Despite the fact that the bill has now passed its first test, it has been met with some resistance by both Democrats and Republicans. Some Democrats argue that there should be no extension of tax cuts, while many Republicans believe that the extra spending in the bill would...
  • Why I Oppose the Tax Deal (DeMint)

    12/10/2010 8:36:41 AM PST · by SharpRightTurn · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Senate Conservatives.com E-mail ^ | December 10, 2010 | Jim DeMint
    Dear Fellow Conservatives: Many of you have contacted me about the bipartisan tax deal reached between President Obama and Republican leaders. I've carefully reviewed the legislation and I wanted to explain to you why I cannot support it. First, I do not want to see anyone's taxes go up and I have been fighting for years to permanently extend all the tax rates. I disagree with the President that we cannot afford to extend these rates for everyone. It's the people's money and we should not raise taxes on hardworking American families. But this bill does much more than simply...
  • Flake vs. Rogers on Appropriations (The "Anti-Earmark Crusader" vs the "Price of Pork")

    12/10/2010 7:35:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/10/2010 | Andrew Stiles
    Do the congressional Republicans get the message of the 2010 election? The House Appropriations Committee will be a key test. Rep. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) has been a thorn in the side of congressional appropriators — both Democratic and Republican — for years. That this “anti-earmark crusader” has been recommended for a seat on the House Appropriations Committee seems to be a clear indication that Republicans are listening to the American public’s concerns over wasteful spending by Washington. “I don’t see how you can view it any other way,” Flake tells National Review Online. “People expect us to go in...
  • A Sigh of Relief for Pork-Loving Republicans

    12/01/2010 11:49:01 AM PST · by onyx · 14 replies
    NRO The Corner ^ | December 1, 2010 2:16 PM | Robert Costa
    Washington — After his success in elevating conservative contenders in November, will an energized Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) go after earmark-supporting GOP senators in 2012? DeMint tells NRO that the Senate Conservatives Fund, his political-action committee, will not meddle in primary challenges against Republican incumbents. “We don’t intend to do that; there is no reason to do that with so many Democratic seats up.” “I don’t have plans to campaign against any of the ones here,” DeMint says. “That’s between them and their voters.” DeMint notes that his PAC followed a similar policy last cycle — directing money to...
  • Senate shuns push for elimination of pet projects (Earmark ban rejected in the Senate)

    11/30/2010 9:27:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/30/2010 | Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate Tuesday rejected a GOP bid to ban the practice of larding spending bills with earmarks - those pet projects that lawmakers love to send home to their states. Most Democrats and a handful of Republicans combined to defeat the effort, which would have effectively forbidden the Senate from considering legislation containing earmarks like road and bridge projects, community development funding, grants to local police departments and special-interest tax breaks. The 39-56 tally, however, was a better showing for earmark opponents, who lost a 29-68 vote earlier this year. Any votes next year should be closer because...
  • Earmarks Ban Would Affect RIF, ROR and 11 Others

    11/24/2010 8:33:29 AM PST · by Help! · 23 replies
    Publisher's Weekly ^ | Nov 24, 2010 | Judith Rosen
    A rider attached by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), which proposes banning earmarks for the next three years, could have a devastating effect on educational programs like Reach Out and Read, Reading Is Fundamental, and Teach for America, which would lose their federal funding. The vote on the ban is scheduled to take place on the Monday after Thanksgiving. “The passage of this amendment would be catastrophic for Reach Out and Read and 12 other high quality, evidence-based programs that benefit millions of children and families in our country,” says Reach Out...
  • Earmark Donor States

    11/17/2010 6:23:57 AM PST · by arderkrag · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | Novemnber 16, 2010 | Brandon Arnold
    Below is a table with additional data indicating which states are earmark donors and recipients. The key column is the “earmark ratio.” The lower the figure, the smaller a state’s share of earmarks is relative to the amount of taxes its residents and businesses pay. A state with an earmark ratio below 100% is a donor state. As you can see, Utah is the first state on the table that receives slightly more than its proportional share of earmark funds. Mississippi, the last state on the list, remarkably receives 11 times more than its proportional share.
  • Conservatives denounce GOP 'Pledge' as sellout, inside job

    09/26/2010 9:19:11 AM PDT · by GOPavenger33 · 244 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/25/10 | Jon Ward
    House Republicans have been relatively successful this week at presenting a united front around their “Pledge to America,” but only through a strategic outreach campaign to lawmakers, media and outside groups, that has managed to keep deep dissatisfaction over several key issues largely under wraps. Still, interviews with Republican aides reveal that many in the GOP caucus are unhappy that there was no earmark ban and no promise to pass a balanced budget amendment in the proposal, which was unveiled Thursday by House Minority Leader John Boehner. The inclusion of a health insurance provision considered to be mandate angered many...
  • U.S. Spent $2 Million on Study Promoting Condom Use Among Intravenous Drug Users in Kazakhstan

    06/22/2010 7:41:56 AM PDT · by HospiceNurse · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 22, 2010 | Adam Cassandra
    The National Institutes of Health has spent over $2 million on a study that, among other things, seeks to incease condom use among intravenous drug users in Kazakhstan. Dr. Nabila El-Bassel, a Columbia University professor in the School of Social Work, proposed the study to “rigorously test the efficacy of an innovative, couples-based HIV/STI risk reduction intervention (CHSR) to decrease new cases of HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) and incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as to reduce unsafe injection practices and increase condom use among injecting drug users (IDUs) and their heterosexual, intimate partners in Shu, Kazakhstan.”
  • Spending earmark sends $100,000 grant to wrong coast (Clyburn is an idiot)

    12/18/2009 2:18:49 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies · 541+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/18/2009 | Stephen Dinan
    When he earmarked $100,000 in taxpayer spending to go to Jamestown's library, Rep. James E. Clyburn meant for it to go to the library in Jamestown, S.C., which is in his district. But in the bustle to write and pass the $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill, Congress ended up designating the money for Jamestown, Calif. - 2,700 miles away and a town that doesn't even have a library. "That figures for government, doesn't it," said Chris Pipkin, who runs the one-room library in Jamestown, S.C., and earlier this year requested $50,000, not the $100,000 that Congress designated, to buy new...
  • The winner of the 2009 elections is: Ron Paul!

    11/03/2009 7:03:30 PM PST · by SteelTrap · 68 replies · 2,136+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/03/2009 | Brent Budowsky
    Ron Paul vindicated once again, globalists loose their lunch. Rock on Dr Paul! Bring it
  • 7 on defense panel scrutinized (Shakedown scandal - good read because there is a hero in this.)

    11/01/2009 6:43:50 AM PST · by Enterprise · 15 replies · 847+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 30, 2009 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Nearly half the members of a powerful House subcommittee in control of Pentagon spending are under scrutiny by ethics investigators in Congress, who have trained their lens on the relationships between seven panel members and an influential lobbying firm founded by a former Capitol Hill aide.
  • Senator Tom Coburn Goes After John Murtha Boondoggle

    05/26/2009 5:48:44 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 1 replies · 279+ views
    The Hill/The Lid ^ | 5/26/09 | The Lid
    The Johnstown based National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) began with the blessing of President George HW Bush. Its mission: to collect and coordinate intelligence from often-feuding law enforcement agencies in order to provide a strategic look at the war on drugs (it was still called that at the time). But the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), worried that its pre-eminent role in the drug war was slipping away, fought the idea "tooth and nail". So did many on Capitol Hill, arguing that the new center would duplicate the efforts of existing intelligence centers, notably the El Paso Intelligence Center, operated by...
  • Senator Specter’s payoff for betraying his party: betrayal of his state

    03/11/2009 7:37:46 PM PDT · by The Conservative Yogini · 9 replies · 931+ views
    The Gadfly ^ | Alec Rawls
    We now know one of the payoffs that Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter received for being one of three Republican Senators who allowed President Obama’s trillion-dollar Spendulus bill to become law. WPXI in Pittsburgh reports that Specter has a 5.5 million dollar earmark for the crescent-shaped Flight 93 memorial in the omnibus spending bill just passed by the Senate. Much as the people of Pennsylvania want to see a fitting memorial built, they yanked support for the crescent design in August 2007 after Tom Burnett Sr., father of Flight 93 hero Tom Jr., started warning the country that the memorial design...
  • Senate passes enormous $410 billion pork-laden Omnibus bill!

    03/11/2009 8:04:30 AM PDT · by TheDailyChange · 14 replies · 590+ views
    The Daily Change ^ | 03112009 | TDC
    When Obama signs this bloated piece of legislation as he is expected to do, he will be putting another nail in our nation’s economic coffin, breaking his much professed campaign promises of NO EARMARKS - “And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.”
  • Dueling Dems have Obama in earmark jam (warning to Hussein: Don’t pick this fight)

    03/05/2009 5:50:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies · 833+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/05/09 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    Dueling Dems have Obama in earmark jamBy JONATHAN MARTIN | 3/5/09 4:24 AM EST On Tuesday, one of the House’s old bulls sent a warning to President Barack Obama on earmarks: Don’t pick this fight. On Wednesday, two of the Senate’s highest-profile reformers suggested: Don’t go wobbly on us now. In the context of the trillions of dollars being thrown around in Washington these days, the renewed fight over earmarks is relatively small potatoes. But the conflicting taunts vividly illustrate some of the pressures from divergent constituencies on the new president — pressures that are proving a good bit harder...
  • Texas lawmakers rip budget, but seek millions

    03/02/2009 11:27:02 AM PST · by mnehring · 14 replies · 551+ views
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Ron Paul vehemently denounced the $410 billion catch-all spending bill approved last week by the House of Representatives. But although the libertarian-leaning Republican from Lake Jackson cast a vote against the massive spending measure, his fingerprints were on some of the earmarks that helped inflate its cost. Paul played a role in obtaining 22 earmarks worth $96.1 million, which led the Houston congressional delegation, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of more than 8,500 congressionally mandated projects inserted into the bill. His earmarks included repair projects to the Galveston Seawall damaged by Hurricane Ike and the Gulf...
  • Another massive spending bill on the agenda ($410 Billion Omnibus Spending Bill)

    02/23/2009 12:13:31 PM PST · by Crazieman · 9 replies · 745+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/23/09 | S.A.Miller
    After a week off taking a victory lap for passing an economic stimulus, Congress' Democratic leaders return to Washington on Monday for a second race against the clock to pass another massive spending package. This time it is a roughly $410 billion omnibus appropriations bill that would fund most of the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year, replacing stopgap funding that expires March 6. The Senate this week also is expected to take up long-debated legislation to give the District a voting member in the House and the confirmation of Labor Secretary-designee Hilda L. Solis, one of...
  • Earmark reform? 2009 spending bill contains 9,000 of them(new $410B bill)

    02/23/2009 12:15:02 PM PST · by Crazieman · 6 replies · 710+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 2/23/09 | William Douglas and David Lightman
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, candidates Barack Obama and John McCain fought vigorously over who would be toughest on congressional earmarks. "We need earmark reform," Obama said in September during a presidential debate in Oxford, Miss. "And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely." President Barack Obama should prepare to carve out a lot of free time and keep the coffee hot this week as Congress prepares to unveil a $410 billion omnibus spending bill that's riddled with thousands of earmarks, despite his calls for restraint and efforts...
  • Stimulus Earmark: $30 mil for SanFran marsh rat conservation?

    02/12/2009 4:23:48 PM PST · by SCPatriot77 · 18 replies · 1,248+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Feb 12, 2009 | SA Miller
    Lawmakers and administration officials divulged Wednesday that the $789 billion economic stimulus bill being finalized behind closed doors in Congress includes $30 million for wetlands restoration that the Obama administration intends to spend in the San Francisco Bay Area to protect, among other things, the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi represents the city of San Francisco and has previously championed preserving the mouse's habitat in the Bay Area. The revelation immediately became a political football, as Republicans accused Democrats of reneging on a promise to keep so-called earmarks that fund lawmakers' favorite projects out of the...
  • What's in the Stimulus? ($2 Billion Blago Earmark!)

    02/05/2009 9:13:29 PM PST · by cookcounty · 3 replies · 822+ views
    NRO--The Corner ^ | Feb 5, 2009 | Mark Hemingway
    NRO---please read the article.
  • Democrats Tasteless at Inauguration (Pelosi Earmark: $33 Million for Husband)

    02/01/2009 11:42:47 AM PST · by Syncro · 26 replies · 2,557+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 01/31/2009 | Pauline Walton
    Democrats tasteless at inauguration Letter to the Editor Posted: 01/31/2009 12:00:00 AM PST How utterly tasteless for Democrats to boo President Bush at the inauguration. The entire world leaned backwards to make this day one of triumphs for them. Have Republicans ever done this?The least Democrats could have done was to remain silent, as those who wished to cheer President Bush for seven years with no terrorist attacks upon us did so. They showed no respect for the Bush family either.Obama has promised transparency. Let's start with Nancy Pelosi, one of Bush's most caustic critics.Her district includes San Francisco. Star Kist...
  • If Deficits Are So Bad, Why a Federal Earmark for Tiger Stadium?

    07/24/2008 5:44:54 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 7 replies · 155+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | July 24, 2008 | Dan Calabrese
    Lots of people love venerable Tiger Stadium. Few love it more than I do. I attended hundreds of Detroit Tigers games there – from the day in 1975 when I saw Hank Aaron just miss a home run as a Milwaukee Brewer, to the day in 1999 when Todd Jones, the Tigers’ closer then and now, struck out Carlos Beltran to finish off the Kansas City Royals and close the door on Tiger Stadium’s tenure as home of my favorite team. But just because people love it doesn’t mean it’s a priority of the nation to preserve it. Don’t try...
  • Is an Earmark Moratorium Coming Soon?

    06/11/2008 3:37:55 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 1 replies · 110+ views
    Club for Growth ^ | 6/11/08 | Andrew Roth
    House conservatives are renewing their fight to unilaterally ban earmarks for a year within the Republican Party. House GOP leadership has also renewed their own version of an earmark ban, but it's woefully diluted -- it is contingent on Democrats playing along. Frankly, that's too little, too late. But thanks to Jeb Hensarling, Jeff Flake, and the other RSC members who are pushing for an earmark ban now, I'm confident that we'll see a moratorium before the election. I've been told that they have the votes needed (50) to receive a conference-wide vote. This will force leadership to make a...
  • Earmark beneficiaries help benefactors' re-election

    06/06/2008 10:45:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 110+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/6/08 | AP
    Examples of lawmakers who have sponsored earmarks for private companies and received campaign contributions from them and, in some cases, their lobbyists: _Rep. David Hobson, R-Ohio, a member of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, obtained a $2.4 million earmark last year for the Greentree Group of Beavercreek, Ohio, for a digital information sharing system. Greentree Group executives, their families and consultants have donated $43,350 to Hobson since 2000, reports The Columbus Dispatch. _Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Ind., a member of House defense appropriations subcommittee, sponsored a $2 million earmark to 21st Century Systems last year for a virtual fence demonstration project....
  • FOX News Documentary Shows Congressmen Sent Millions in Earmarks to Their Own Families

    05/30/2008 6:53:41 PM PDT · by weef · 57 replies · 401+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5/30/2008 | Fox News
    A number of U.S. congressmen and their families — including former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert — have personally profited from congressional earmarks they slipped into federal legislation, a FOX News documentary reveals. The documentary, “Porked: Earmarks for Profit,” hosted by Chris Wallace, premieres Sat., May 31, at 8 p.m. EDT on FOX News Channel. Budget earmarks became a national scandal — and a national joke — after some wasteful schemes made headlines recently: a $223 million “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska, a $500,000 teapot museum in North Carolina, a $10 million extension to Coconut Road in Florida. Many...
  • The Mortgage Rescue Bill... with a Trial Lawyer Earmark Thrown in

    05/08/2008 8:02:19 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 7 replies · 52+ views
    ChamberPost ^ | 05/08/2008 | Bryan Quigley
    Pop quiz question: Who are the victims of the recent housing crisis? A. Borrowers who signed mortgages they couldn't afford B. Owners who have seen the values of their homes plummet C. Local governments who are dealing with neighborhoods of vacant, foreclosed housing and a shrinking tax base If you chose any of the above, you are wrong. According to the latest legislation getting ready to pass the House, the answer is: D. Plaintiffs' trial lawyers.
  • McCain vs. The Addicts

    03/10/2008 11:07:25 AM PDT · by yoe · 2 replies · 259+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | March 10, 2008 | Robert D. Novak
    The congressional Republican establishment's charade, pretending to crack down on spending earmarks while actually preserving their uncontrolled addiction to pork, faces embarrassment this week when the Democratic-designed budget is brought to the Senate floor. The party's presidential nominee-presumptive, Sen. John McCain, is an uncompromising pork buster with no use for the evasions by Republican addicts on Capitol Hill. Sen. Jim DeMint, a first-term reform Republican from South Carolina, will propose a no-loopholes one-year moratorium on earmarks as a budget amendment. McCain has announced his support for the DeMint amendment and will co-sponsor it. DeMint wants to coordinate McCain's visits from...
  • Senate Republicans are likely to reject idea of earmark freeze

    03/07/2008 8:26:21 AM PST · by BGHater · 30 replies · 144+ views
    The Hill ^ | 06 Mar 2008 | Manu Raju
    A Senate Republican task force on earmarks is expected to stop short of temporarily freezing funding for pet projects, breaking with the party’s presidential nominee and House GOP leaders who are trying to make it a wedge issue in the election, according to people involved in the effort. The five-member task force, convened in January by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), meets Friday to move toward a consensus position. The issue has continued to dog congressional Republicans who are under enormous pressure from their base to rein in earmarking. Final recommendations are due by March 15. Even though Republicans say...
  • Pastor Got Earmark Money Before Clinton Endorsement

    01/25/2008 8:41:06 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 28 replies · 137+ views
    Newsmax ^ | January 25, 2008 | Fred Lucas
    Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) secured more than $1 million in federal funding last year for a Harlem-based non-profit whose leader gave her presidential campaign a major endorsement last weekend. Clinton -- who is aggressively competing for the black vote with her chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) -- touted the endorsement of Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, a prominent black leader and pastor of one of the oldest black churches in America, the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem. The $555-billion FY 2008 omnibus spending bill approved last month by Congress included 11 appropriations bills with...
  • CCAGW: Presidential Candidates Make Commitments on Earmarks

    01/02/2008 12:19:21 PM PST · by mnehring · 13 replies · 118+ views
    WASHINGTON — In the closing days before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, three Presidential candidates have issued statements on earmarks. The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) has challenged all candidates to inform taxpayers whether they would issue an executive order telling federal agencies to ignore earmarks that appear in committee reports, as well as other steps they would take to fight pork-barrel spending. "Taxpayers now know where Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. John McCain, and Gov. Mitt Romney stand on earmarks," said CCAGW President Tom Schatz. "The other candidates should issue their own statements, as wasteful spending...
  • Visclosky at center of Washington pork storm

    11/10/2007 7:57:12 AM PST · by slapshot · 15 replies · 197+ views
    Northwest Indiana times ^ | Nov. 10 | Keith benman
    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky finds himself at the center of the national firestorm over "pork" spending, those pet projects members of Congress fund with earmarks to major bills. The Indiana Democrat has been identified as the sixth-biggest earmarker in the U.S. House, with $116.8 million set aside for special projects in fiscal 2008 budget bills, according to figures compiled by Taxpayers for Common Sense. In a CNBC interview, one Washington watchdog group accused Visclosky of pioneering "green pork," which are earmarks masquerading as seed money for environmental breakthroughs. In his first response to numerous reports in national media, Visclosky on...
  • Hillary backed lab of donor (earmark for embattled Nobel-prize winning scientist James Watson)

    10/30/2007 4:24:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 121+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/30/07 | Jim McElhatton
    Hillary backed lab of donorBy Jim McElhatton October 30, 2007 Lawmakers, including Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, have taken thousands in campaign cash from an embattled Nobel-prize winning scientist while earmarking federal money for his New York lab. Mrs. Clinton and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, also a New York Democrat, requested a $900,000 earmark in June for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where James D. Watson served as chancellor before resigning last week after apologizing for comments that suggested that people descending from Africa aren't as intelligent as those from Europe. Federal campaign filings show that Mr. Watson has donated more...
  • Rambo's View - Dianne Feinstein's $4 billion earmark for Beverly Hills

    09/06/2007 10:20:15 PM PDT · by gpapa · 11 replies · 890+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | September 7, 2007 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    Move over Bridge to Nowhere. Congress is back in town, and clearly back to business even uglier than usual. It takes hard work to come up with an earmark more egregious than that infamous Alaskan bridge, but California's Dianne Feinstein is an industrious gal. Her latest pork--let's call it Rambo's View--deserves to be the poster child for everything wrong with today's greedy earmark process. The senator's $4 billion handout (yes, you read that right) to wealthy West L.A. (yes, you read that right, too) is the ultimate example of how powerful members use earmarks to put their own parochial interests...
  • Murtha shows appetite for pork

    09/05/2007 11:49:29 AM PDT · by JZelle · 5 replies · 268+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-5-07 | S.A. Miller
    JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — The largess of Rep. John P. Murtha — hundreds of millions of dollars in pork projects over the years — is on display in and around his district in southwestern Pennsylvania. From the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport to the stretch of U.S. 219 named Jack P. Murtha Highway, the Pennsylvania Democrat leaves his mark with federal taxpayer dollars. The money helped build the stunted economy in and around Mr. Murtha's hometown of Johnstown, a Rust Belt community about 65 miles east of Pittsburgh, by cultivating a defense-contracting industry, transplanting federal jobs there and subsidizing public-works projects....