Our President has a habit of saying what he means when he doesn’t mean to say what he means. He started a firestorm in San Francisco when he spoke of Pennsylvanians clinging to their guns and bibles. He then made a casual comment to a gentleman in Ohio and Joe the Plumber became world famous. This week, while telling us about his plan to limit earmarks in Congressional bills, he once again did it by telling us his true feeling about public-versus-private entities.
While Mr. Obama was attempting to justify signing a bill loaded with an estimated 8,500 earmarks, he described the new process that would be put in place to slow down or eliminate earmarks in the future. First, he had to establish the necessity for limiting these expenditures which, with their sheer mention, conjure up pictures of governmental evil. Mr. Obama directed his disdain totally to the earmarks which flow to private industry.
Mr. Obama instructed us that when earmarks are directed to governmental entities, we need to worry. He stated, “When somebody is allocating money to those public entities, there’s some confidence that there’s going to be a public purpose. When they are given to private entities, you’ve got potential problems. You know, when you give it to public companies –public entities like fire departments, and if they are seeking taxpayer dollars, then I think all of us can feel some comfort that the state or municipality that’s benefiting is doing so because it’s going to trickle down and help the people in that community.”
That is quite an astounding statement on many levels. Considering Mr. Obama has spent a large portion of his political life in Chicago, he should be quite aware of the graft that goes on there. He must be aware the past two Governors were driven from office by graft. Blagojevich was not seeking money from a private entity, but to the contrary he wanted money to line his campaign coffers. Our President has been busy so perhaps he should be given a gift from the White House Gift Shop of the complete set of The Sopranos. The graft on government jobs displayed in these fictional shows exemplifies real life conditions. Mr. Obama’s Stimulus Bill hands the Detroit school system $355 million with no strings attached even though recent audits have shown millions of dollars missing.
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