Sunday, March 1, 2009
Republicans continue to betray on spending and show their complaints are nothing but hypocrisy
The growing protest by Republicans against President Obama's incredibly growing spending budget would have credibility if their actions followed their words.
But they have not.
Here is a report from Politico.com that shows no one really has the people's backs:
We've been avidly following John McCain's "Ten Porkiest Projects in the Omnibus" list on his Twitter page and couldn't help noticing that four of five projects listed so far come from red states — and two are from Utah.
Note too McCain's massive snark on Montana's role as an international trade hub.
He's ticking it off last to first, maverick (or Letterman) style.
#10. $1.7M "for a honey bee factory" in Weslaco, Texas
#9. $475,000 to build a parking garage in Provo, Utah
#8. $200,000 "tattoo removal violence outreach program to could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past" REALLY?
#7. $300,000 for the Montana World Trade Center — Enough said.
#6. $1 million for Mormon cricket control in Utah — Is that the species of cricket or a game played by the Brits?
The Mormon cricket, Wikipedia tells us, is not a cricket at all but an invasive cicada species that can decimate crops when it's allowed to swarm.
Earmarks such as these are always going to be part of spending bills. Republicans should admit it, and most certainly not protest what they are doing themselves.
What has to be stopped in the first place is not necessarily the small stuff such as the earmarks, but the massive spending into areas such as free capital markets, banking and pouring more money in things such as public education without first reforming the system.