The Earmark Battle That Won’t Subside

    It seems that every week in Washington brings forth another story of Republicans trying to abjure the moratorium on earmark.  On Friday, the Hill posted an article on the latest and greatest from the earmarxists: Culberson says he’s been “pounding” the leadership to move on the reforms, as well as “educating” his colleagues on the “urgency” of the situation. “This is an evolving conversation … | Read More »

    Devolution of Transportation Authority is Solution to Earmark Problem

    It’s becoming clear that many rank-and-file members of the House Republican Conference are chomping at the bit to resurrect earmarks after a two-year moratorium.  Some are complaining that earmarks cede authority to the executive branch; others are lamenting the lack of “grease” to facilitate passage of statist legislation; still others are trying to push miscellaneous tariff bills, which violate the rules of the earmark ban. | Read More »

    Devolution of Transportation Authority is Solution to Earmark Problem

    It’s becoming clear that many rank-and-file members of the House Republican Conference are chomping at the bit to resurrect earmarks after a two-year moratorium.  Some are complaining that earmarks cede authority to the executive branch; others are lamenting the lack of “grease” to facilitate passage of statist legislation; still others are trying to push miscellaneous tariff bills, which violate the rules of the earmark ban. | Read More »

    Earmarxists Make Best Case Against Earmarks

    The Republican-controlled House is currently operating under a moratorium on earmarking.  But if several GOP earmarxists have their say, this will change in the near future. Throughout the past decade, most of the arguments against earmarks have been focused on wasteful spending, corruption, cronyism, and self-ingratiating monuments.  Robert Byrd’s monuments and the Bridge to Nowhere became symbols for such bad behavior.  To that end, even | Read More »

    Earmarxists Make Best Case Against Earmarks

    The Republican-controlled House is currently operating under a moratorium on earmarking.  But if several GOP earmarxists have their say, this will change in the near future. Throughout the past decade, most of the arguments against earmarks have been focused on wasteful spending, corruption, cronyism, and self-ingratiating monuments.  Robert Byrd’s monuments and the Bridge to Nowhere became symbols for such bad behavior.  To that end, even | Read More »

    Yes, Past Performance Does Indicate Future Results

    From the diaries. . . Rick Santorum makes an excellent point that “past performance really does indicate future results.” I completely agree—but not just “in Mitt Romney’s case.” Rick Santorum became the third-highest ranking Republican in the Senate in 2001 at a time when Republicans inherited balanced budgets, surpluses, and conservative, pro-life majorities.  Senator Santorum and his big spending GOP allies proceeded to squander this | Read More »

    Yes, Past Performance Does Indicate Future Results

    From the diaries. . . Rick Santorum makes an excellent point that “past performance really does indicate future results.” I completely agree—but not just “in Mitt Romney’s case.” Rick Santorum became the third-highest ranking Republican in the Senate in 2001 at a time when Republicans inherited balanced budgets, surpluses, and conservative, pro-life majorities.  Senator Santorum and his big spending GOP allies proceeded to squander this | Read More »

    There’s One Earmark in Senate Highway Bill

    If the House highway bill is an excrement sandwich, the Senate version is…well, it’s a lot worse.  The one saving grace of the bill was that it supposedly did not contain any earmarks.  Well, indeed there is one earmark in the bill, and it’s directed to Nevada.  The earmark is ensconced in the bill very cleverly.  On page 463 of the bill (lines 8-14), it | Read More »

    There’s One Earmark in Senate Highway Bill

    If the House highway bill is an excrement sandwich, the Senate version is…well, it’s a lot worse.  The one saving grace of the bill was that it supposedly did not contain any earmarks.  Well, indeed there is one earmark in the bill, and it’s directed to Nevada.  The earmark is ensconced in the bill very cleverly.  On page 463 of the bill (lines 8-14), it | Read More »

    Senate Porkers Defeat Earmark Ban

    Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) learned a valuable lession today about member’s desire to go back to the practice of earmarking pet projects.  Toomey and McCaskill offered an Amendment to the STOCK Act that would have created a new Senate point of order against earmarks in bills.  They were met with bipartisan opposition to this common sense idea. 

    Senate Porkers Defeat Earmark Ban

    Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) learned a valuable lession today about member’s desire to go back to the practice of earmarking pet projects.  Toomey and McCaskill offered an Amendment to the STOCK Act that would have created a new Senate point of order against earmarks in bills.  They were met with bipartisan opposition to this common sense idea. 

    The Earmarxists are Back

    It’s another week in the Senate, and there’s another battle over earmarks.  Senators Toomey and McCaskill are proposing an amendment to the STOCK Act (“insider trading bill”S. 2038) to permanently ban earmarks in the Senate.  Not surprisingly, there is pushback from Harry Reid…and a number of Republicans as well. As always, there are those who argue that earmarks are just inconsequential “drop in the bucket” | Read More »

    The Earmarxists are Back

    It’s another week in the Senate, and there’s another battle over earmarks.  Senators Toomey and McCaskill are proposing an amendment to the STOCK Act (“insider trading bill”S. 2038) to permanently ban earmarks in the Senate.  Not surprisingly, there is pushback from Harry Reid…and a number of Republicans as well. As always, there are those who argue that earmarks are just inconsequential “drop in the bucket” | Read More »

    The best choice for President in Iowa’s caucus

      I have spent some time in 2011 working to advance conservative principles, and with respect to the Presidential election, advancing candidates who promote the ideas of conservatism. In early spring, I was inspired by Herman Cain’s simple message of smaller, simpler government and bringing real-world solutions to Washington, D.C.  I resolved to join his early grassroots movement here in Iowa to promote his candidacy | Read More »

    Secret Earmarks Remain In Federal Budget

    USA Today reported this week that billions in earmarks remain tucked into the funding measure that keeps the federal government running for the remainder of the fiscal year. Congress is debating right now how much to cut from the measure, yet these secret earmarks are not being openly discussed by members of Congress. That’s unfortunate. Earmarks should be low hanging fruit for the cost-conscious legislator. | Read More »


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