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Definition of an earmark!
New Republican leaders Rep John Boehner and Sen Jim DeMint took note of the change in mood and awareness of the American people even before November 2, 2010 ever went down.
They knew that their actions would now be held to a higher standard than ever before. Their votes and their willingness to compromise the Constitution will be held against them. The news went out to even the so-called Blue DOg Democrats when many of them were thrown out of office for not holding to the ideals of conservatism. Liberal Republicans fell time after time during the primaries and the Tea Party selected Republicans sailed in to the US House.
The US is almost entirely red now in terms political will. And that red, means anger.
Yet, some of the more entrenched Republicans still don't get it. Attention: Your Time Is Coming!
RedState has the news after the break...
From Brian Darling at RedState: (Italics are Brian's quotes. Bold is mine)
Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is outraged that Republican Senators are secretly crafting an Omnibus budget busting spending bill, in order to cut out House Republicans who would oppose the measure’s size and inclusion of earmarks.
According to a story posted on Government Executive:
In what could be a preview of clashes between Republican purists and pragmatists, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday blasted plans by Senate Republicans to collaborate with Democrats and push through a $1 trillion catch-all spending bill. “Any effort by you or the present Democrat leadership to move a budget-busting omnibus spending measure will be met with my unequivocal opposition,” wrote Rep. Jerry Lewis of California, the committee’s ranking Republican, in a letter to Appropriations Chairman David Obey, D-Wis. “Further, I will strongly encourage every Republican Member of the Committee, my leadership, and the entire Republican Conference to oppose such legislation.”
National Journal is not the only outlet reporting this deal. The Hill reports that House Republicans are worried that lobbyists have teamed up with pro-earmark forces in Congress to load the Omnibus with earmarks.
The two biggest points of contention are likely to be the overall spending level and whether earmarks are included. The House GOP leader, Rep. John Boehner (Ohio), joined more than four dozen Republicans in signing a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) earlier this month calling for no earmarks to be included in the omnibus legislation. “Taxpayers deserve to have appropriations legislation considered in an open and transparent process,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter, which was drafted by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a prominent earmark foe. “At a minimum, taxpayers should be protected from thousands of unvetted earmarks, produced by a process driven by a spoils system, being stuffed into any end-of-year appropriations measure and shielded from review.” Democrats may balk at that request, particularly if they lose control of the House. The omnibus would be the last opportunity to fund pet projects while the party has full control of the budget process. “Democrats are hell-bent on getting their earmarks,” said one appropriations lobbyist.
Brian from RedState quotes Taxpayers Against Earmarks on what are the dangers from free-for-all earmarks:
While spending on earmarks may be a small percentage of the overall federal budget, the dollar amount and number of earmarks (over 9,000 earmarks totaling over $15 billion last year alone) is still quite large. And this is saying nothing of the fact that the 535 Members of the House and Senate last year requested over 40,000 earmarks! [ED: Actually over 41,000 earmarks]
That could be nearly $100 billion in excess spending right there. Cut earmarks and Republicans have their first easy $100 billion in cuts.
Remember these so-called Republicans who attempt to subvert the will of the American people and work with the Socialist Democrats to prevent the recovery of the American economy and the American idea.
Remember them come next the November of 2012.