Right Thinking From The Left Coast
We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. - Vince Lombardi

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Turd By Other Name

Would stink as badly:

Rep. Michele Bachmann supports a ban on earmarks in Congress, but she thinks that some transportation projects should redefined so they aren’t considered earmarks.

Bachmann told the Star Tribune she supports a “redefinition” of what an earmark is, because, she said: “Advocating for transportation projects for ones district in my mind does not equate to an earmark.”

“I don’t believe that building roads and bridges and interchanges should be considered an earmark,” Bachmann said. “There’s a big difference between funding a tea pot museum and a bridge over a vital waterway.”

Actually, Mrs. Bachmann, there’s something called the Highway Trust Fund that is supposed to do just that—fund necessary roads and bridges.  How about we overhaul that trust fund, which currently spends about a quarter of its money on sidewalks and bike trails?

This is part of a general weaking among the GOP for killing earmarks.  They are not even in power yet and their quailing at the possibility of actually having to cut spending.  And they’re showing every sign of a complete collapse on the issue, having appointed Hal Rogers—aka the Prince of Pork—to head the Appropriations Committee (instead of Jeff Flake, who actually oppose spending).

This is going to be a critical test, not just of the Republicans but of the Tea Party and the conservatives who put them in power.  Are they going to bring heat on the GOP for this?  Are they going to attack Michelle Bachmann for trying to weasel out of the earmark pledge?  Or is it enough for them that she’s a Religious Right loon?  Are we in favor of small government or not?  Because the GOP is already cracking, a month before they actually get any power.  And if we don’t put the pressure on them—now—we can kiss our dreams of fiscal discipline goodbye.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/12/10 at 10:34 AM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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