Whether it’s a couple million for their district or $25 million for their husbands (hey, she’s not the Speaker for nothing!), Democrats are still up to their old earmark ways, despite a bold pledge in the 2006 election to end “runaway spending.” Now I know politicians’ promises last about as long as a New Year’s resolution, but c’mon, this is the singular issue that upsets Joe Six-Pack more than any other, in my opinion. The majority of Americans don’t have money to waste, and they hate seeing their government throwing it down the drain for stupid, selfish reasons.
And I recently read that David Obey (D-Wis.) – the King of all Kings of wasteful spending – is sending around some lame, two-question survey to his fellow Democrats in what is nothing more than internal cover for his party to blow the lock off the Treasury.
For those following along at home, the House Appropriations Committee Chairman is peddling a questionnaire to his colleagues, essentially asking them, “If it is responsible, would you like to jack the taxes of every American to pay for your porky pig ways?” Okay, maybe he didn’t quite use those words, but you get the point.
Speaker Pelosi presumably signaled her support for such shenanigans, even telling the press corps last week that she “didn’t want to talk about it.” Huh? If the party claims to insist on a change to pork barreling, shouldn’t they at least behave like they’re interested? Or how about this senseless statement from Obey, “I have never been for earmarks but I have always accepted them as a member of the House.” This is exactly how we want our politicians and lawmakers behaving - like middle school kids who don’t want to cut class, but go along with the crowd to remain liked.
If Obey’s fellow Democrats return the questionnaire saying, “Yes, I will make this tough decision and agree to more spending…” then you can expect they’ll trot out the tired line to the public that, “It’s only $x million for my district, and besides they need that money,” or how about “Heck, that’s less than three days of Pentagon spending in Iraq!” This is business as usual for the Democrats; they walk around promising big change, but when push comes to shove, they really have no backbone to stand up for fiscal responsibility and the best interest of all Americans.