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McConnell agrees to ban earmarks
Examiner.com ^ | Nov. 15, 2010 | Joe Newby

Posted on 11/15/2010 10:35:41 PM PST by FredJake

On Monday, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), agreed to a ban on earmarks.

Originally, he had resisted such a ban, arguing that it would put the president in charge of state spending, but noted that most Americans were upset over abuses in the system.

According to an article at Fox News, McConnell said:

"As the leader of my party in the Senate, I have to lead first by example," McConnell, R-Ky., said from the floor of the Senate on the first day of its lame-duck session.

"Nearly every day that the Senate’s been in session for the past two years, I have come down to this very spot and said that Democrats are ignoring the wishes of the American people. When it comes to earmarks, I won't be guilty of the same thing," he said

Americans for Prosperity, a Tea Party backed group, along with newly-elected Republicans, called for a two-year moratorium on earmarks.

One new member is Raul Labrador, the Congressman-Elect from Idaho's 1st Congressional District.

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; earmarks; mitchmcconnell; porkbarrelspending; senate
McConnell flips on earmarks, now he says he wants them banned. Has he really seen the light, or is it just pandering?
1 posted on 11/15/2010 10:35:46 PM PST by FredJake
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To: FredJake

Its not going to last too long.


2 posted on 11/15/2010 10:37:31 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: FredJake

Perhaps there’s some hope for McConnell, but not in a leadership position. Bush’s book notes that McConnell advised a losing withdrawal from Iraq. McConnell isn’t fit to spit shine Harry Reid’s shoes. Repubs need a new minority leader in the Senate.


3 posted on 11/15/2010 10:39:21 PM PST by skookum55 ("We can give up on America or we can give up on this president ...." D. D'Souza)
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To: FredJake

Is he up for reelection in 2012? If so that would explain his decision. Rand Paul prooves the tea party is very strong in Kentucky.


4 posted on 11/15/2010 10:46:16 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: FredJake

...Any way the wind blows...


5 posted on 11/15/2010 10:49:41 PM PST by Tagurit (Are your pigs fed, watered and ready to fly?)
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To: FredJake
Me thinks with all the new blood showing up this week for congressional orientation, he has been scared straight.


6 posted on 11/15/2010 11:03:29 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: FredJake

is it pandering or is it simply representing the will of his constituency? So long as they do what we want, I don’t care what you call it. This will be a fine first step towards reighning in the out of control spending. I would like to see the balanced budget amendment to the US constitution come back too. Let’s see if they want to get really serious.


7 posted on 11/15/2010 11:06:21 PM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!!)
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To: skookum55
It's a good sign. Sometimes being a leader means subordinating one's own will to the will of those who elected you. I'm glad Senator McConnell has made this calculation, which I believe is correct in this instance.
8 posted on 11/15/2010 11:08:12 PM PST by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: FredJake

Perhaps McConnell thinks he can quiet down those perky Tea Partiers with this sop. Earmarks weren’t much of the budget, in the great scheme of things. It help keep everything nice and quiet while the Committee Assignments and other important procedural decisions get made.


9 posted on 11/15/2010 11:09:00 PM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: FredJake

BS.

He will find a way to torpedo them and still claim he voted for reform.

It might go something like “If you will vote in opposition to this I could do this for you”.

He will even go to the Congress and razzle dazzle them.


10 posted on 11/15/2010 11:13:54 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Perhaps there's a little hope for McConnell, but not in a leadership position.

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11 posted on 11/15/2010 11:17:18 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: FredJake

Any leader that needs to be LED/PRODDED to do what’s right, should be forced out in primaries for someone who KNOWS right from wrong.

Even this McConnell character.


12 posted on 11/15/2010 11:34:40 PM PST by ROTB (Without a Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia during armed revolt.)
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To: FredJake
The issue is spending and all the fuss about earmarks is a distraction. 4000 earmarks do not increase the federal deficit one red cent. The money was already allocated; earmarks simply say where it will be going.

If those who have a thing about earmarks wanted to make sensible changes in the way appropriations are handled, this is the time to do it. But grandstanding as an earmarks foe will not balance the budget, as all earmarks combined comprise less than 2% of total government spending. I suspect Sen. McConnell is well aware of this fact.

Sen. Jim Inhofe defends earmarks. He'd rather Congress decide where taxpayers' funds be spent than a faceless bureaucrat.

13 posted on 11/15/2010 11:37:13 PM PST by logician2u
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To: logician2u

“He’d rather Congress decide where taxpayers’ funds be spent than a faceless bureaucrat.”

I’d rather have the Constitution decide.


14 posted on 11/16/2010 12:04:52 AM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: logician2u
He'd rather Congress decide where taxpayers' funds be spent than a faceless bureaucrat.

And I'm sure he wisely chose people he knows to get those taxpayer funds....

Those earmarks are part of a corruption issue, to politicians, they are like chips in a game, that they can use, to give to people, but those "chips" are funded with our money.....

This is kind of like "broken windows", you start with the small crimes first, and take care of the little things, which are what leads to big things...

15 posted on 11/16/2010 12:21:22 AM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: logician2u

“If we can’t decide as a federal government that it’s not our job to pave local parking lots and build local museums, then we don’t understand what constitutional limited government is.” Senator DeMint.


16 posted on 11/16/2010 12:22:29 AM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: ari-freedom

How about Congress does not allocate the funds for the Crats to spend??


17 posted on 11/16/2010 12:23:19 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: Sonny M

Earmarks lead to big things. They are used to sweeten the deal to help pass other legislation such as TARP.


18 posted on 11/16/2010 12:27:43 AM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: FredJake; IMissPresidentReagan; CourtneyLeigh; Just Kimberly; Knuckrider; MBohman; ...
Thanks, for the post.
A Kentucky Ping.

...for those interested, :D
he (Mitch) blinked, As always "trust but, verify.".....Ronald Reagan





19 posted on 11/16/2010 1:02:53 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Imam Zer0: DeathCARE, Is my only "health" plan....to hell w/ free enterprise. :^)
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To: FredJake
Pandering? Did you hear him on the radio? There's no going back now.

Yeah, so he looks like Harvey Milquetoast, but at least give the guy some credit.

If he stood firm for earmarks, most of the posts on this thread wouldn't be much different. What a bunch of ingrates.

20 posted on 11/16/2010 1:04:06 AM PST by muleskinner
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To: Lazlo in PA

“...Me thinks with all the new blood showing up this week for congressional orientation, he has been scared straight...”

Hee hee. You used “orientation” and “straight” in a reply about McConnel. Snicker, snort!!!


21 posted on 11/16/2010 2:29:40 AM PST by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
Your right. McConnell is spineless and he'll fold like a wet taco under media pressure.
We already know what we're gonna get with Mic Mac and Gram.
These old boys need to sit down, shut up and pay attention.
22 posted on 11/16/2010 4:12:27 AM PST by Falcon4.0
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To: FredJake
McConnell agrees to ban earmarks

Translation: McConnell is up for re-election in 2 years......

23 posted on 11/16/2010 5:30:23 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: FredJake

His future depends on it... so we wait and see. We are an army... they work for us.

LLS


24 posted on 11/16/2010 5:38:17 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: RC one
is it pandering or is it simply representing the will of his constituency?

Two years ago his constituency's will was to ban earmarks and slash wasteful spending. What has happened in the past two years that would change his mind?

So long as they do what we want, I don’t care what you call it.

Character matters, especially in tough times. Part of having character is having guiding principles that you do not compromise. Some people call it having a "conscience". You either support the notion of limited gubmint (supposedly the very cornerstone of the Republican Party platform) or you don't. Up until this flip flop McConnell obviously didn't. We need leaders with character who have rock solid guiding principles because we can't see what is going on behind the scenes (when character matters).

Being a sleezeball, grab everything you can, spend every dime and more politician is easy. Having the character to stick to your convictions takes courage. McConnell is a lot of things but courageous ain't one of them. He does read the TEA leaves well, though, doesn't he?

25 posted on 11/16/2010 5:44:44 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: skinkinthegrass
mitch is a spineless politocrat, of course he wetted a finger, then blinked...

he has got to go...no more country club, go along to get along types fer me...

26 posted on 11/16/2010 7:22:49 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Thermalseeker

I haven’t been watching him closely but he does appear to have seen the writing on the wall. I agree with everything you said BTW. I’ve no tolerance for RINOs at this stage of the game. At the same time, I don’t want to label Republicans as RINOs because they have one or two non-critical votes that a few people disagree with. I think most of these guys that have been in office for multiple terms are familiar with the concept of “representative democracy”. They wouldn’t still be there if they weren’t. Now would be a bad time for any Republican to disregard the will of his/her conservative base. The eyes of the tea party are upon them.


27 posted on 11/16/2010 12:32:20 PM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!!)
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