Friday, May 11, 2007


Democrats Sneaking Earmarks into Bills?

Red State and CongressDaily (subscription required) are writing about the House Democrats passing midnight earmarks that they've hidden in the Intelligence Appropriations bill.

As if House Democrats refusing to disclose most of those earmarks to the public weren't bad enough, they have even refused to disclose them to other Members of Congress.

While the following YouTube clip is mostly procedural in nature (and anyone trying to follow the inquiry from Rep. Westmoreland from Georgia will certainly agree), it goes to the heart of the matter that the Democrats are indeed surreptitiously including earmarks in important pieces of legislation in the hope that in doing so they will not be called on the carpet by those of us who actually care how the government spends our money:

Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor's office had this to say about the new Democratic practice:

This is the most abusive and potentially the most damaging trick the House Democrats have tried this Congress. For all those who oppose earmarks and want to restore fiscal discipline to the process, I simply cannot stress how damaging this will be if it goes unchecked.The House Democrats' Earmark Sham is a disgrace – so much for the"most honest and open Congress in history."


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How does that compare with Bush's signing statements that the American Bar Association found to be illegal in a unanimously supported investigation?

Bush abuse of power - guilty according to legal professionals.

Bush commits high crimes and misdemeanors - guilty and impeachement is appropriate according to many Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's Chief of Staff at the State Department from 2002 to 2005, a Vietnam War vet, the former Acting Director of the Marine Corps War College at Quantico, and currently a teacher of national security at William and Mary College.

I think he might know what he's talking about.
William -

Sorry, but I stopped reading after you cited the ABA as a reliable source.

Seriously, if stretching the truth or lying was a felony, then we'd have to lock up every liberal in the United States, and where are we going to get all of the money to build the facilities for such an enterprise?


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