Rangel Admits Pork Used to Buy Votes in War Supplemental

John Campbell
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Posted: Apr 02, 2007 1:25 PM

On NBC's Meet the Press yesterday, Charlie Rangel, chairman of the powerful Ways & Means Committee, openly admitted that the Democratic leadership used over $20 billion in pork and special handouts to leverage support for their "slow bleed" Iraq policy.  This would not have needed if the Democrat's underlying war policy was sound.  But, it isn't and they had to pack the supplemental full of sweeteners as a result.
 
I appreciate Chairman Rangel's frankness and honesty.  If you are going to spend the taxpayers money in such a reckless and abusive way, the least you can do is level with the people about it.  I guess Nancy Pelosi didn't get the memo.
 
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