U.S. Politics : Shout "no" to Spending- Politics As Usual
It was just a little white lie!
Another Spending Bill
Our government officials looked at yet another spending bill of about 1.2 trillion dollars. While much of it was and is needed to keep the economy going; which was weary at best, would be injected with additional deficit hikes.
The hypocrisy of it all, is that many Republicans added large amounts of pork barrel spending to this bill for their own states. They did say that they would vote "against" it.
The comment lacked sincerity because they could have it removed from the bill before haven taken it to a vote.
Once again, business as usual politics and treating Americans like uneducated morons. Native Americans said it best, these political officials speak with "forked tongue."
Mitch McConnell who apposed the agreement of turning down pork barrel spending, caved in to his party and voted for the agreement, but he did ask for $600,000 for a genetic technology center, as well as Lindsey Graham of South Carolina who aked for $379,000 for port dredging in Charleston, South Carolina.
Is the Tea Party Over?
Washington DC- the land of fame and fortune
For such a small place, a great deal of politicians have become millionaires there.
Here in Texas....
Politics as usual can be devistating to those who whole heartedly believe
The people were hurting, they put all their trust and belief behind someone that they felt would help them. The Tea Party for instance had gained strength because of the pain they were feeling from the loss of jobs. They banded together and became stronger on the belief that they and "their" candidates could change things.
Were they angry at the Democrats for the wrong reasons? Were they angry at the Republican's for the wrong reasons? They took that anger and harnessed it into some very destructive ideas of which direction to take this country. Would they be able to make a difference? Were they naive in thinking that when they get to Washington they were going to change things immediately? Yes, they are.
How ironic, that's what President Obama said when he ran. We needed change, we voted for change and then Washington politics at it's best became an obstruction to moving forward and in turn, the American people began turning their backs on the President.
They made it.
What happened to those Tea Party candidates when they got to Washington and couldn't make the "change" immediately? The Tea Party began to falter because their member became discouraged and turned their backs on the movement.
One local Tea Party supporter put it, if we can't change it, we can lock down Washington and hold it in gridlock until 2012. The old double edged sword may come back in 2012 to bite them in the butt. As the GOP has control and the gridlock has angered so many people that Congress has the lowest approval rating ever. The TEA Party/ GOP mentality has gotten the U.S. nowhere, fast.
The double edged sword that was the stimulus bill and the fight against it. Republicans and a handful of Democrats voted no on the stimulus bill calling it wasteful spending and taking advantage of the taxpayers at a vulnerable time in our economy. Once, it passed, they quietly began writing letters and asking for funding from the bill with the fact that it would "create jobs". Republicans continued to speak of rescinding the unspent stimulus if they gained control of Congress.
The "unspent" funds were funds that were on hold to pay for projects that were working, but not finished yet. Was this just a political ploy and once they got elected, they'd push this subject to the back of the stack and forget about it?
Most of the Democrats that voted against the stimulus, did so, for political reasons such as protecting their careers and probably knowing, like the Republicans that they could quietly ask for it anyway. Both parties are guilty of a bunch of political grandstanding for the benefit of their careers and to sway American voters. However, on the whole, the Democrats did vote for the stimulus and the Republicans "all" voted against it. Under George Bush, both parties voted for a stimulus and passed it, without the GOP making a huge ruckus as they did with the "Obama Stimulus".
Some of the "no" votes, that then quietly asked for funds are listed below.
Jo Bonner, AL (R)- 5 times asked to steer grants to Alabama for "creating jobs"
Robert Aderholt, AL (R)- same as Bonner
Pete Session, TX (R)- asked for $81 million
Steven Buyer, IN (R)- asked for $80 million
Lindsey Graham, SC (R)- asked for $360 million
Tom Cole, OK (R)- asked for funds for parks
Kay Granger, TX (R)- asked for grants to cover 6 projects
Scott Brown, MASS (R)- asked for $45.4 million for broadband institution
Michelle Bachmann, MN (R)- wrote 6 letters asking for stimulus funds
Ron Paul, TX (R)- asked for funds
John McCain, AZ (R)- wrote 3 letters asking for funding for Sky Harbor International Airport
Mitch McConnell (R)- asked for $20 million
Mike Pence, IN (R)- asked for funding
Joseph Coa, NO (R)- asked for $45 million
Lamar Alexander (R)
Cathy Rodgers (R)
Heath Shuler, NC (D)
Walt Minnick, ID (D)- asked for funding for broadband related projects
Earmarks and Pork Barell Spending
The Republicans had been grandstanding with "banning earmarks" more so this past election that any other time, uniting in a vote that at most was all talk and no action. A vote was simply a show of unity and had no "legal" binding. Giving them the appearance of the much needed support to get the Tea Party candidates to stay the course in their support.
The facts: Democrats and Republicans alike have continued to ask for Earmarks, nearly 40,000 of them with the cost to the tax payers at over $100 billion.
The Democrats have said that they will not ask for earmarks for companies that make a profit. Republicans, well they didn't make any promises.
Here are just of few:
Kit Bond (R-MO) asked for $1 million to create soybeans that are resistant to pests.
Ron Paul (R-TX) he asked for 51 earmarks totalling more than $358 million.
Richard Lugar (R-IND) he asked for $2 million for a new transit center.
Doris Matsui (D-CA) she asked for $160,000 for the Boys and Girls Club.
Business as usual is alive and well in Washington, DC., but the light will shine brightest on the GOP because they ran on the "fiscally conservative" Tea Party stance.