Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Can't go along with this, Mike

I like Mike Rogers, but I can't support this.

From the Argus

.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, got six earmark funding projects through the House Appropriations Committee, but many other requests were rejected, and the ones that were ap-proved were for less money than originally asked for by Rogers.

For example, Rogers asked for $2.5 million for the Latson Road interchange at Interstate 96, but the bill approved by the committee contained $500,000.

He asked for $11.2 million for a runway extension at the Capital City Airport in Lansing, but he received $500,000 in the bill.

Several other transportation projects — including road construction, a community recreation building at Cleary University and money for the Livingston Essential Transportation Service — were not approved.

For a support center to address infant mortality, known as Tomor-row’s Child/Michigan SIDS, the congressman asked for $550,000; yet, the bill to fund the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education departments contains $200,000.

I know earmarks is how the game is played. I know that this is an attempt to bring home the bacon to the 8th district. The problem is the game itself, and Mike had a good chance to be a hero. Mike righttly called out ABSCAM crook John Murtha for his pork bill. Murtha went ape because someone had the gall to not kiss his ring.

This was a good chance for Mike Rogers to request no earmarks and once again call out the democrats, as well as the Ted Stevens acolytes in the GOP side of the house, and bring some fiscal responsibility to the party which - until recently - carried that banner.

The system is broke, and this was a good chance to fix it.

1 comment:

keithr said...

This is a masterful bit of political trickery for Democrats.

Most of these projects can't be done without the full amount of money requsted. By allowing the earmarks to pass with substantially reduced amounts, Democrats know this money can't be used because there is insufficient funding to complete projects, yet Mike still gets the political fallout for using earmarks.