Skip to comments.Just Say No to Earmarks
Posted on 02/10/2006 1:27:57 PM PST by neverdem
Sen. McCain and I are serious about getting spending under control.
John McCain and I recently delivered a letter to our colleagues announcing our intention to challenge every individual earmark on the floor of the Senate. Many senators, staff and reporters have asked if we are serious. The answer is yes.
I am convinced that forcing hundreds or, if necessary, thousands of votes to strike individual earmarks is the only way to produce meaningful results for American taxpayers. Bringing the Senate to a standstill for as long as it takes would be a small price to pay for shutting down what Jack Abramoff described as Congress's "earmark favor factory." The battle against pork is crucial. Pork is the root cause of the unholy relationship between some members of Congress, lobbyists and donors. Inside Congress, the pork process is effectively a black market economy: Thousands of instances exist where appropriations are leveraged for fundraising dollars or political capital. It is delusional to claim Congress can redeem its relationship with K Street without eliminating earmarks. The problem is not lobbyists. The problem is us.
Those who argue that fighting pork distracts members from the more costly challenge of entitlement reform don't understand human nature. Earmarks are a gateway drug on the road to the spending addiction. One day an otherwise frugal member votes for pork, the next day he or she votes for a bloated spending bill or entitlement expansion: A "no" vote might cut off their access to earmarks.
The most vocal opponents to a zero-tolerance approach toward pork are, sadly, the bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, to his credit, has issued only a mild defense of earmarking...
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Thank you, doctor!
The difference is...McCain has been griping about pork for years...but then still votes for the bills...
I dare say it will be Coburn that gets it done...with MCCain trying to take the credit.
I don't always agree with Mr. McCain but he has always done what he could to fight against pork.
Earmarks or not, discretionary spending is just about where it has been since the '60s (as a percentage of GDP).
Earmarks count for nothing. The issue is internal improvements, which remains where it was in 1787.
Senator Coburn and Rep. Mike Pence are the true inheritors of the Reagan revolution. The rest of the pack are just a bunch of pretenders.
Yes, I have posted this before and I'll probably post it again: The GOP MUST understand, if they nominate McCain in '08 million of conservatives will stay home or vote Libertarian.
Maybe they don't care. Maybe they think they'll get enough Democrat votes to win. Maybe. But I wouln't count on it.
That's too much. We have at least $7 trillion in debt, unfunded mandates out the wazoo, social security and medicare staring into the abyss.
You lost me.
Did you bother checking the Congressional Budget Historical Data report?
However you feel about the spending and deficit, it is nothing out of the ordinary.
That is just a fact.
There is nothing new here. This debate has been going on since the new Constitution, and reached a peak of discord about 1830.
I think this was more their point.
"The GOP MUST understand, if they nominate McCain in '08 million of conservatives will stay home or vote Libertarian."
Which branch of the Libertarian Party do you like?
--Harry Browne "blame America for 9/11/2001 branch?
--Drugs for everybody branch?
--Open borders branch?
Just to name a few of the major Libertarian planks.
Yes, I agree with you and don't agree with all his positions but he has a long record of fiscal conservatism and opposition to waste and pork. Bush could learn alot from him in that regard. He's also been a courageous supporter of the war on terrorism and the forces in Iraq. Whatever one's view of his positions he doesn't decide them after reading the latest polls.
They overlying argument is that spending is out of control, with pork as the driving force.
Just pointing out that spending is not out of control. As a %GDP (the only honest way to measure spending) spending is right in the middle of the historical range.
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