POLITICAL observations & opinions

* New members of Congress push earmarks for their districts … it’s just shocking … but don’t blame the new congressmen and congresswomen. They’re just doing what legislators do. Blame the Tea Party fools who elected them naively thinking they would get a different result … But let’s not get side-tracked. There are important budget, debt and deficit issues which we need the adults in DC to deal with. Earmarks are not a significant part of those problems

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 23, 2011

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 Donna Cassata writes for AP (5/23/11) …

  • Hard-charging Republicans who rallied voters last year with cries of “Stop the spending, ban the earmarks” are quietly offering a more familiar Washington refrain now they’re in Congress.
  •  The massive, $553 billion bill providing a budget for the Pentagon boasts millions of dollars that President Barack Obama didn’t request for weapons programs, installations and other projects in districts from Illinois to Mississippi represented by House GOP freshmen.
  • The additions look suspiciously like the pet projects that Republicans prohibited when they took over the House and that the new class of lawmakers, many with tea party backing, swore off in a promise to change Washington’s spending habits.
  • Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee insist the additions are not earmarks.
  • Proud statements that Republican freshmen churned out within hours of the committee’s early morning vote this month suggest otherwise.

read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110523/ap_on_go_co/us_defense_bill_look_homeward

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LMW COMMENT …

Don’t blame the new congressmen and congresswomen. They’re just doing what legislators do. Blame the Tea Party fools who elected them naively thinking they would get a different result.

But let’s not get side-tracked. There are important budget, debt and deficit issues which we need the adults in DC to deal with. Earmarks are not a significant part of those problems.

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2 Responses to “* New members of Congress push earmarks for their districts … it’s just shocking … but don’t blame the new congressmen and congresswomen. They’re just doing what legislators do. Blame the Tea Party fools who elected them naively thinking they would get a different result … But let’s not get side-tracked. There are important budget, debt and deficit issues which we need the adults in DC to deal with. Earmarks are not a significant part of those problems”

  1. Lew Weinstein said

    Of course candidates I voted for promoted earmarks for their districts. That’s what most Congressmen and Congresswomen do. It isn’t right for the country as a whole, but it is what voters in every district want and expect. The naive Tea Party voters who didn’t understand this acted foolishly. It is just one of many unintended consequences of the Tea Party entry into politics.

  2. Chris said

    “Blame the Tea Party fools” What high and mighty mount do you speak from? What arrogance to proclaim a group of voters fools? So none of the candidates you voted for in the last 40 years contributed to the waste and fraud in Washington D.C.?

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