Thursday, March 12, 2009

Obama broke a campaign promise about "earmarks" and it's Bush's fault!


Once in a while, a president can do something popular and right.

Pres BO missed a fat pitch with the spending bill. He could have hit this one 500 ft!

Pres BO signed a budget with 9,000 earmarks but promised to do better the next time.

It's Bush's fault.

Bush made him do it.

He inherited this from Bush!

Actually, he didn't.

The Dem Congressional leaders did not pass a full budget in September. They passed a resolution instead of a budget. Furthermore, this budget signed by Pres BO covers government operations until Sept 30th, or at least half of his first term.

Blaming Bush is getting old and obscene!

This is what
Sen McCain said about it:

"“The President’s rhetoric is impressive, but his statement affirms we will continue to do business as usual in Washington. . .” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has led the fight against earmarks.

“The President could have resolved this issue in one statement – no more unauthorized pork barrel projects – and pledged to use his veto pen to stop them.

This is an opportunity missed.”

Steve Brown wrote this:

"The debut of President Barack Obama has left many people skeptical about his willingness to confront those who would ignore his lofty standards or plunder the treasury."

Jake Tapper recalls what BO said during the campaign:

"...."we can no longer accept a process that doles out earmarks based on a member of Congress’ seniority, rather than the merit of the project.

We can no longer accept an earmarks process that has become so complicated to navigate that a municipality or non-profit group has to hire high-priced D.C. lobbyists to do it.

And we can no longer accept an earmarks process in which many of the projects being funded fail to address the real needs of our country."

Yes, all politicians change their minds. However, this was not a small campaign promise!

Last summer, many of us posted concerns about candidate BO's quickness to throw people under the bus, to change "primary season" positions and to tell people what they wanted to hear.

Now we know! BO's promises come with an expiration date!

It's going to be a long couple of years for all of those "yes we can" screamers who bought into Obamania!

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