Yeah, he likes the earmarks just fine.
Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul who is campaigning as a critic of congressional overspending has revealed that he is requesting $400 million worth of earmarks this year.
The Wall Street Journal reports Paul's office says those requests include $8 million for the marketing of wild American shrimp and $2.3 million to pay for research into shrimp fishing.
Having a little trouble buying the "fiscal savior" routine there.
I’ll address it personally.
To be sure you understand the process, an earmark is a distribution of money already appropriated.
For example, a 100 million dollar farm subsidy is approved. 100 million(at least) is getting spent.
What Paul has done:
Once the money has been spent(appropriated) he has absolutely gotten earmarks in for his constituency.(I’m sure you can supply a list of those if you’re feverent enough)
What Paul has not done:
Paul has voted consistently against the bill in my above example, vote plays out and passes, now that the money is (spent) appropriated, he has certainly represented his constituency. to not earmark the already spent money would be to fail his charge of duty.
If you’re going to take issue with appropriations then Pauls not a good target for you, although i am heartened that the muds starting to get slung a bit, it verifies the traction the campaign is getting.
Bring me your worst, by all means.
The “earmarks” slam has been roundly defeated. Try a different line of attack, that dog won’t hunt.