Rand Paul and the Tea Party promised to work for the elimination of “earmarks,” which dole out taxpayer dollars for pork projects in political districts. These “bridges to nowhere” projects curry favor among hometown voters and help to keep established powers in place.
Who wouldn’t want to help the Tea Party get a ban on such an obviously corrupt system?
Surprisingly, longtime anti-earmark republican congressman John Boehner says he might allow a moratorium on them, but not a ban. As House speaker, he will control what legislation gets introduced, so if he says “no ban,” it’s no ban.
Appearing on Fox News just days before the elections, Boehner repeatedly refused to answer whether or not the party would end the practice, saying instead that a GOP-run House would not conduct "business as usual." So, why a reversal on the earmark ban? "Only because some things that people call earmarks here, uh, wouldn't classify as an earmark to the American people," he explained to Fox News host Bret Baier.
This is a little disappointing to those hoping for real change, isn’t it?
A clip is available at: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/hous … ban-table/
(I don’t think it’s up on Fox anymore)
People are also calling for Boner to cut Congressional salaries.
Keep believing in Hope and Change!
"How's that hopey/changey thing workin out fer ya?"
Oh, and --it's been almost a week now...where are THE JOBS?
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