Skip to comments.Thad Cochran: 'I Think Earmarks Have Gotten A Bad Name'
Posted on 05/13/2014 11:49:50 AM PDT by cotton1706
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) suggested to National Public Radio (NPR) he would like to bring earmarks back to Congress.
I think earmarks have gotten a bad name, Cochran told the national radio outlet for a piece it published on the race between Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel for the GOP nomination for the seat.
Cochran said if Congress isnt allow to earmark spending, then federal agencies have more authority over how to spend the money. "For those who are opposed to that [earmarks], [they] are for the federal agencies making the decision [where money is spent], Cochran said, adding, This is supposed to be government of and by and for the people not for the bureaucrats, Cochran said.
Speaker John Boehner just reiterated his opposition to earmarks Monday, and House Republican Leadership is firmly opposed to the idea. After a struggle, even Sen. Mitch McConnell, a longtime member of the appropriations committee, supported banning earmarks in 2010.
Banning earmarks is another small but important symbolic step we can take to show that we're serious, another step on the way to serious and sustained cuts in spending and to the debt, McConnell said when he backed the ban in November 2010.
Earmarks are provisions in spending bills requiring federal agencies to spend money on specific local projects. They became controversial because many of the projects were seen as wasteful and parochial, and earmarks came to be used as leverage to "buy" votes on difficult bills.
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These politicians LOVE earmarks because they're payoffs for votes. And once the earmarks dry up, they're in danger of getting thrown out of office.
Earmarks are how you stay a senator from 1978 to present.
Time to flush this turd.
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I would like to suggest that Sen. Thad Cochran is not a Conservative.
“Earmarks are provisions in spending bills requiring federal agencies to spend money on specific local projects. They became controversial because many of the projects were seen as wasteful and parochial, and earmarks came to be used as leverage to “buy” votes on difficult bills.”
That pretty much sums it up. In theory, earmarks are a necessary means of allocating funds. In practice, it’s often constituent pork (or in Robert Byrd’s case, endless tributes to one’s own sense of greatness), and/or vote buying.
Of course, all the earmarks combined amount to peanuts compared to “stimulus” bills, “ACA doctor medicare fixes” and the like.
Cochran’s never met an earmark he didn’t like, obviously. How do you think politicians retire as millionaire/billionaires after their political “career”? Disgusting.
Thad Cochran, the GOP analog of Sheets Byrd. But then any Congressman or Senator who’s been in office for more than a term. probably fits the description as well.
wow. Does he think pork and government waste shouldn’t have bad names either?
‘I Think Earmarks Have Gotten A Bad Name’
This issue doesn’t excite me. Spending is spending whether a congressman earmarks it directly or a bureaucrat decides where it goes.
Maybe someone could come up with a song titled “Sympathe for Earmarks”, sung to the tune of “Sympathy for the Devil”.
It’s just a renaming...kind of like going from Globull Warming to the kinder, gentler “Climate Change”.
40 years in the senate isn’t enough? retire this socialist, and let him live out the rest of his days living with his assistant
“I would like to suggest that Sen. Thad Cochran is not a Conservative.”
Cochran (MS) - 06/03/14 - 54% (Average) - 57% (Heritage) - 56% (CFG) - 60% (ACU) - 41% (FreedomWorks)
Government exists to safeguard our liberties, Thad, you moron.
As a grammar exercise, let's change this sentence from the passive voice to the active voice.
I think Congress's corrupt behavior has given earmarks a bad name.
Hmm. Vastly more accurate and revealing.
Oh, no! Not the Comfy Chair!
Poke him with the SOFT CUSHIONS!
Yes, Thad, earmarks have gotten a bad name. With good reason.
>> Spending is spending whether a congressman earmarks it directly or a bureaucrat decides where it goes. <<
Sure. But the objection to earmarks is that they increase the incentives for Congressmen, Congresswomen and Senators to vote for more and more federal spending.
Therefore, the anti-earmark theory as espoused by people like Sen. Tom Coburn is basically this:
Get rid of earmarks and then, total spending is supposed to go down.
(Maybe the theory wouldn’t work as advertised. But it’s certainly worth a try!)
A lot of MS people don’t know that Thad was part of the cabal in MS in 1976 that delivered all 30 delegates under the unit rule to the “John Paul Stevens Republican”, Gerald Rudolph, Ford, Jr., which is also an alias.