Friday, March 06, 2009
Dear Pres BO: Stop pretending!
It's a bad day for Pres Obama when Maureen Dowd, the lady pundit from The NY Times, unleashes an attack on the guy she voted for:
"But given how angry Americans are, watching their future go up in smoke, the bloated bill counts as this year’s business.
It includes $38.4 million of earmarks sponsored or co-sponsored by President Obama’s labor secretary, Hilda Solis; $109 million Hillary Clinton signed on to; and $31.2 million in earmarks sought by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood with colleagues.
(Even Barack Obama was listed as one of the co-sponsors of a $7.7 million pet project for Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Vocational Institutions until he got his name taken off last week.)
And then there are the 16 earmarks worth $8.5 million that Emanuel put into the bill when he was a congressman, including money for streets in Chicago suburbs and a Chicago planetarium.
Blame it on the stars, Rahm, or on old business.
But as Shakespeare wrote in “Lear”:
“This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune — often the surfeits of our own behavior — we make guilty of our own disasters, the sun, the moon, and the stars.”
So much for Maureen's love for BO!
We are going to have a lot of fun watching the liberals coming to terms with the fact that they voted for "change" and got earmarks!
To be fair, there are some Republican earmarks in this budget, too!
What should we do?
Congress should be forced "to vote up or down" on each and everyone of these projects.
Don't stick them on the back of a bill.
Want to end "earmarks"?
Force Congress to vote on each and everyone of them.
Force Congress to have hearings on the nature of the projects.
Question: Why should we in Texas pay for a clinic in Florida?
It's time to end their corrupt practice of spending money without debate.
It's also time for Pres BO to stop pretending: See No Earmarks