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Make It Flake: Reloaded
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Make It Flake: Reloaded

Yesterday, House Republicans rejected a motion by Minority Leader John Boehner and new Minority Whip Eric Cantor to enact a short-term earmark moratorium only through February 16.  Unwilling to give up their pork just for three short months, Republicans can hardly try to pin the Big Spenders label on Dems, like they did earlier this year.

11/20/2008
Recovering Earmarkers
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Recovering Earmarkers

Yesterday FreedomWorks issued a key vote on Sen.

09/16/2008
The End of "Monuments to Me"
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The End of "Monuments to Me"

Despite the earmarks thrown in a recent MilCon bill, there was one good amendment that passed restricting federal funds from being used for proverbial "Monuments to Me" like the $1.9 million given to Rep. Charlie Rangel (NY) for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York. Rep.

08/05/2008
Earmark Pledge "Political Suicide"?
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Earmark Pledge "Political Suicide"?

CA-41 Democratic candidate Tim Prince stated on the phone that he couldn't sign FreedomWorks' earmark pledge because it would be "political suicide."  That's kind of surprising in light of the fact that so many other signers, who have actually made it to Congress, feel that far from "political suicide" it's good policy and good politics to take a public stand on this important issue.    In fact, many of the most successful politicians out there are ones that have made a career out of fighting earmarks and pork barrel spending - Sen. John McCain, Sen. Tom Coburn, Rep. Jeff Flake, Rep.

04/03/2008
Hand Out Across the Aisle
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Hand Out Across the Aisle

The Boston Herald has this heartwarming story about how earmarks can bring old friends and different political parties together.  The apparently very philanthropic Democratic Congressman Bill Delahunt secured a $1.1 million earmark for his old friend, former  Republican Congressman  Amory Houghton, to protect Houghton's expensive waterfront home from flooding.

03/26/2008
Sen. Landrieu Touts The Second Louisiana Purchase
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Sen. Landrieu Touts The Second Louisiana Purchase

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If you don't think political norms about spending and earmarks have changed for the worse, take a look at today's screen shot of Senator Mary Landrieu's Senatorial web site (site and graphics also paid for by taxpayers, BTW) touting twelve billion in new spending. As one friend put it, "The Louisiana purchase only cost the United States $15 million. I am not sure what that is with inflation, but it still might be less than the $12 billion we paid for the state last week." Too true.

11/13/2007

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