Friday, August 10, 2007

Club for Growth releases report card on Pork Spending

The scores are out, and Congress overall has been a dismal failure. The democrats even made George W Bush look fiscally responsible. To say that the democrats absolutely suck royal on spending is an understatement. Only one Democrat received higher than 20%. That's bad. Jim Cooper got 98%. If you want fiscal responsiblity, do not vote for Democrats.

That's not to say that a lot of Republicans did not make the cut either. A lot of them tried too hard to be democrats with their spending habits. There's a major split within the party among spending issues. The full report card is at the link. The GOP grades range from 0 to 100%. The Democrats except Cooper range from 0 to 20. While it is safe to assume that democrats not named Jim Cooper are bigtime spenders, it's not safe to say that the GOP is fiscally responsible. Some are, some are not.

From the CLub for Growth

Some interesting numbers to consider:

Sixteen congressmen scored a perfect 100%, voting for all 50 anti-pork amendments. They are all Republicans.
The average Republican score was 43%. The average Democratic score was 2%.
The average score for appropriators was 4%. The average score for non-appropriators was 25%.
Kudos to Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) who scored an admirable 98%-the only Democrat to score above 20%.
Rep. David Obey (D-WI) did not vote for his own amendment to strike all earmarks in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill. Rep. Obey scored an embarrassing 0% overall.
105 congressmen scored an embarrassing 0%, voting against every single amendment. The Pork Hall of Shame includes 81 Democrats and 24 Republicans.
The Democratic Freshmen scored an abysmal average score of 2%. Their Republican counterparts scored an average score of 78%.
Some of the targeted pork projects this year include:

$2 million for a "Paint Shield for Protecting People from Microbial Threats," requested by Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH-11). Rep. John Campbell challenged Murtha to demonstrate that the $2 million earmark would be effective and that it had been put up for a competitive bid. Murtha could not. Amendment failed, 91-317.
$1 million to the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, requested by Rep. John Murtha (D-PA). No congressional member could confirm the existence of the alleged Center. Amendment failed, 98-326.
$2 million to establish the "Rangel Center for Public Service" at City College of New York, requested by none other then Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY). Amendment failed, 108-316.
$34 million for the Alaska Native Education Equity program, requested by Rep. Don Young (R-AK). When Scott Garrett challenged Young's earmark, Rep. Young declared, "You want my money, my money!" Amendment failed, 74-352.
$50,000 for the National Mule and Packers Museum in California, requested by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA). Amendment failed, 69-352.
$100,000 for renovation of the Fire Fighters Hall in Columbus, Ohio, requested by Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH). Amendment failed, 66-364.
$100,000 for the renovation of St. Joseph College's theatre in Indiana, requested by Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN). Amendment failed, 97-328

Notable scores:

100%'ers - Flake, Hensarling, Campbell, Broun, Deal, Franks, Garrett, Heller, J Kline, Lamborn, Pence, P Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Shadegg, Thornberry, and Westmoreland - All Republicans.

Presidential Candidates:
Tancredo - 84%
Hunter - 26%
Ron Paul - 29% - That one shocked me, and not in a good way
Kucinich - 0%

House Leadership
Pelosi - Doesn't usually vote (Speaker)
Murtha - 0%
Emanuel - 2%

Boehner - 60%
Blunt - 22%

Michigan Delegation - Overall rather unimpressive: All but one, maybe two on some grading scales, would only pass on a curve.

Tim Walberg (R) - 86% - The only one with an excellent score.
Mike Rogers (R) - 54% - Compared to the rest, I should be happy with Mike, but that's still not good enough.
Vern Ehlers (R) - 45%
Dave Camp (R) - 44%
Fred Upton (R) - 42%
Pete Hoekstra (R) - 20%
Candice Miller (R) - 14% - Hoekstra, McCotter, and Miller's scores were very surprising to me. I expected much more out of them.
John Dingell (D) - 2%
Carolyn Kilpatrick (D) - 2%
Thad McCotter (R) - 2%
Bart Stupak (D) - 2%
John Conyers (D) - 0%
Dale Kildee (D) - 0%
Joe Knollenberg (R) - 0%
Sander Levin (D) - 0%


Curley Sue said...

Wow, very disappointing news.

Curley Sue said...

Yea!!!! I'm back.