While Bush deservingly gets a lot of the blame, particulary with the spending, the senate is even worse. That's not just John Kerry either, his opponent in 04. Bush finally grew a backbone and found his veto pen, but again, the US senate, including republicans there, are FUBAR'ing it all up. This is just in from the Examiner with an aptly titled headline. Oink! Oink! Senate Republicans still slobbering over earmarks. These idiots more than any other are the reason why we lost in 2006.
Charlie Rangel had one pork project in the house for three construction projects for a Harlem college in his district. The projects would be named after Rangel.
But when it came time to vote on this crude effort by Rangel to use tax dollars to promote himself, it was preserved on a 61-34 vote. Two Democrats — Sen. Evan Bayh, Ind., and Sen. Russ Feingold, Wis. — voted for the DeMint amendment, while 16 Republicans voted against it. The 16 were Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Kit Bond of Missouri, Thad Cochran and Trent Lott of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Larry Craig of Idaho, Pete Domenici of New Mexico, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Dick Lugar of Indiana, Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens of Alaska, Richard Shelby of Alabama, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, George Voinovich of Ohio and John Warner of Virginia.
If the Republicans held firm, this would not have passed, but instead of pushing a new line on spending, we get the same ole 2004-2006 version of the GOP from them, not the 1994 version. I'm not surprised at most of these names here. Ted Stevens is the worst of the bunch - he's the Republican's version of Robert Byrd on pork. Larry Craig showed his "Brilliance" when he doesn't even know what pleading guilty means. None of the rest are prizes either.
Lott, Hatch, and Lugar get some credit - at least they voted against Jack Murtha's pork project. That's not saying much, but with the way the senate works, I'm not all that unhappy with them only screwing us with pork 1/2 of the time instead of all the time as it usually is.
A lot of Senators need some primaries in 2008. Time to Clean the house of these 16 jokers. Our party and our country will be better off long-term with the removal of this deadweight. Send the democrats home as well. 49 of them screwed us.