Jeff Flake is fighting against Earmarks

I have advised those who read this blog to send money to The Club for Growth rather than the Republican National Committee to ensure that RINOs like Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe (who does not even have any earmarks in the Omnibus Spending Bill, but will vote for it out of Porkulus Principle anyway), Susan Collins, Thad Cochran and others – but especially Richard Shelby – can’t benefit.

The Dallas Morning News editorializes about one Representative who opposes earmarks, which at one time were anathema to President Obama: Flake is fighting a lonely battle against earmarks

Most in Congress lack the will to police themselves, preferring to rail against wasteful earmarks while discreetly fattening up spending bills with pet projects. [Rep. Jeff] Flake [R-AZ] and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, who doesn’t earmark any project, are among the few exceptions.

Flake should continue his crusade to expose Congress’ charade, which encourages waste and tolerates political corruption. The $410 billion omnibus spending bill contains at least $8 billion in earmarks, including 13 pet projects for clients of PMA Group, a lobbying firm under investigation for suspicious campaign donations to members of Congress. PMA had close ties to Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., and other influential lawmakers who received substantial contributions from PMA’s employees and clients.

That $410 billion dollar bill is being passed in the Senate as I write this – with the support of Republicans. They should be thrown out of office. Start there and work backward to the Democrats. There’s less chance you’ll be stabbed in the back that way.

The justification from Harry Reid and Richard Shelby, respectively, for earmarks is that “faceless bureaucrats” or “the President” shouldn’t have the power to direct the money, because then it might be “”wasted.””

Well, under Shelby’s direction, $800,000 is going to oyster rehabilitation at the University of South Alabama. I don’t know what my share of that is, but, quite honestly, I think it’s an issue the people of Alabama have to address locally on behalf of themselves and the drug addicted oysters at the University of South Alabama. This approach would also protect the Senator Shelbys of the world from having to account for corrupt politicians like Rep. John Murtha, D-I’llaska.

Here’s another idea for the Senators to consider; “If you might be unhappy with how a bureaucrat or the President might spend taxpayer money if it was their choice, then it shouldn’t be your choice either. DON’T APPROPRIATE IT, Idiot!” Work instead to get the general government to observe the fact that the words “oyster” and “rehabilitation” appear nowhere in the Constitution. Maybe if the States didn’t have to send money to Washington in order to get back ninety cents on a dollar, they could afford their own oyster rehab programs.

Jeff Flake is a guy who deserves your direct support, as the article linked above makes clear. He has a lonely task, but it’s God’s work (apologies to commenter John Lofton, Recovering Republican). We should directly encourage it. Contribute
if you can.

4 thoughts on “Jeff Flake is fighting against Earmarks”

  1. John, I’ll have to pass on that first sentiment, mainly because the Constitution guarantees freedom of, and from, religion in the First Amendment.I do agree that the Constitution in no way countenances intervention by the general government at the scale to which it’s grown. In fact, it precludes such intervention. Let’s start with that.