First, thumbs up to Sen. McCain. One of his few endearing qualities as a GOP candidate was his record and stance against wasteful government spending especially against pork in general and earmarks in specific. It is good to see he is continuing that fight as he settles back into his senatorial duties.
On the heals of passing their porkulus bill that funded all kinds of liberal chicanery hiding behind the fig leaf of economic stimulus, Democrats are pushing their next bloated corpse of a spending bill now meant to give regular funding for the federal government. Depending on new accounts this thing contains 8000 to 9000 earmarks, not hidden pork but deliberate blatant old-fashioned earmarks of the kind that candidate Obama denounced. In the spirit of bi-partisanship, Sen. McCain took now President Obama at his word, and introduced an amendment to strip the omnibus spending bill of all earmarks. In a move that surprises no-one the anti-earmark amendment failed along party lines with the majority of big-government pork-loving Democrats voting against it except for two, Bahy of IN and McCaskill of MO.
Unfortunately, not content to let the Democrats own this stinking pile of garbage, nine GOP Senators saw fit to give Democrats cover and vote against this amendment. In addition to the three idiots who voted for porkulus – Collins & Snowe of ME and Specter of PA – six more GOP senators joined the insanity: Alexander (R-TN), Bennett (R-UT), Bond (R-MO), Cochran (R-MS), Murkowski (R-AK), and Shelby (R-AL). What are these people thinking? Do they enjoy being in the minority? Do they like being powerless? Do they want a larger Democratic majority? Did they learn nothing, NOTHING, from the past two elections? Please do us all a favor and resign right now so you can be replaced with people who have a brain. This action is bad policy for the country and horrible politics for Republicans in the next election.