Thursday, March 13, 2008

Big-spending Republicans

Sen. DeMint (R-NC) has propsed a moratium on earmarks (AKA pork barrel spending). Sen. Obama is also supporting earmark reform. The WSJ writes:
Mr. Obama raised the eyebrows of more than a few Democratic colleagues when he announced this week that Congress' "earmark culture" was broken and "needs to be re-examined and reformed." Republican Senate leaders now are in danger of being outflanked unless they step up the pace and embrace the DeMint moratorium themselves. Yet the Hill newspaper reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is delaying any statement on earmarks until a task force he appointed two months ago to study the subject reports back to him. Missouri Republican Kit Bond isn't on the task force but had a succinct summary description of the moratorium idea: "Stupid." Statements like that have spending foes worrying that the task force is simply designed to punt on reform.
If true, then with leaders like Sen. McConnell and Sen. Bond, the Republican's loss of control in congress was well-deserved.

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