It Seems John Murtha’s Brother Might be a Crook
Wow. I wonder if Chairman Murtha – the one who delivered all the earmarks – knew that his brother was apparently somehow implicated in this fraud. I also wonder who else on the House Appropriations Committee knew. After all, the entire committee is responsible for vetting earmark requests and at least making a minimal attempt to determine that they are spent in compliance with the | Read More »
Maxine Waters (D-CA) Insists on a Monument to Herself
An incredibly arrogant, venal and stupid move from an incredibly arrogant, venal, and stupid Member of Congress: A plan by House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) to ban “monuments to me” in this year’s appropriations bills has been sharply criticized behind closed doors by a senior Democrat who wants to direct $1 million to an employment center in her district bearing her name. Rep. Maxine | Read More »
Earmark-Opponent Obama Has Earmarks in Omnibus Bill
Now this is a surprise: President Obama, who took a no-earmark pledge on the campaign trail, is listed as one of dozens of cosponsors of a $7.7 million set-aside in the fiscal 2009 omnibus spending bill (HR 1105) passed by the House on Wednesday…
How to Hide Up to $12 Billion in Pork Barrel Projects
It’s been interesting to follow the debate over earmarks in appropriations bills. Everyone knows that they increased dramatically in recent years, to the point where public anger at the practice led Congress to consider ‘reforms.’ There seems to be little confidence that Congress has really learned the lesson though, so the discussion about earmarks in Barack Obama’s risky spending scheme has been illustrative.
Ready for Another Helping of McCain-Feingold?
Did the headline put your stomach in knots? I thought so. But after McCain-Feingold (I), McCain-Lieberman, and McCain-Kennedy, it was inevitable that eventually Senator McCain would engage in a bipartisan reform effort that would make conservatives happy, right? Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) are putting their band of reformers back together and hitting the halls of Capitol Hill in pursuit of their | Read More »
Obama’s Addicted to Pork
Barack Obama can try to throw mud, but be can’t dodge his voting record. He’s voted for pork barrel projects over hurricane relief, health care for children, and anything else. Go read Allah on the taxpayer money Obama earmarked for a major fundraiser, as well as my post at the Standard detailing his votes against every effort to cut earmarks that came before him.
Biden’s Cozy University Job
Roll Call($) reports that Joe Biden currently receives a ‘healthy’ stipend from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, for a part-time law school teaching job. Interestingly, Biden’s stipend didn’t change when he cut his teaching time in half: Since September 1991, Biden has been an adjunct faculty member at the Widener School of Law, which has campuses in Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. Biden team-teaches a | Read More »