Earmarks to Nowhere

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0707/Whats_in_your_wallet.html

    What's in your wallet?

    What's a paltry one million dollars to a member of Congress?

    Well, apparently not enough to know if an organization about to receive that big block of cash actually exists.

    Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona, the fiscal crusader who's never met an earmark he likes, questioned Democratic Rep. Peter J. Visclosky of Indiana on the House floor Tuesday about whether the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure actually exists - since, hey, it's getting like a million bucks or something.

    Visclosky, who chairs the spending subcommittee responsible for the project, had to admit that, well, he didn't have a clue.

    After a lengthy back-and-forth, Flake, complaining that his staff couldn't find a website for the center, asked Visclosky, "Does the center currently exist?"

    "At this time, I do not know," the Indiana Democrat replied. "But if it does not exist, the monies could not go to it."

    And who could possibly be the sponsor of such an earmark? Yes, you guessed it, the man Republicans love to hate, Pennsylvania Democrat John P. Murtha.
     
  2. KenH

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    The Republican Congress was a sad joke. Now the Democratic Congress is a sad joke.

    The American people need to dump most of the Congressmen and Senators out of office the next time they stand for re-election.

    It is time for a revolution using the ballot box starting in 2008.
     
  3. Baptist in Richmond

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    We haven't seen any bridges to nowhere yet, have we?
     
  4. hillclimber1

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    Why can't you differentiate between the republicans and democrats? There is a huge difference. Only the moderates of both parties are complete wastes of time.
     
  5. hillclimber1

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    Did you read carpro's post? Potentially worse than the BTN.
     
  6. KenH

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    Why did you not pay attention to what the Republican Congress did during the Bush administration? Take off your Republican blinders and look at political reality.

    With the exception of a few Republicans, such as Congressman Ron Paul and Senator Tom Coburn, the Republicans are at best only marginally better than the Democrats. One party skins the tree from the top down and the other party skins the tree from the bottom up.
     
  7. hillclimber1

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    Well you are determined, if not right. It is the Republican party that has kept the democrats from demanding a totally foolish pull out in Iraq.
     
  8. KenH

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    I am right, hillclimber1, you just can't bring yourself to admit it. :)
     
  9. hillclimber1

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    Nope, I can't. :laugh:
     
  10. Baptist in Richmond

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    Are you sure about that?
     

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