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Thad Cochran: 'I Think Earmarks Have Gotten A Bad Name'
breitbart.com ^ | 5/13/14 | Matthew Boyle

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 isn’t 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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
Maybe the Thad Cochran Research Park has been given a bad name, or the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center, or the Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory, etc.

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.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/19/Monument-Man-Thad-Cochran-s-Unbelievable-Skill-In-Having-Federally-Funded-Buildings-Named-After-Him

1 posted on 05/13/2014 11:49:50 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/19/Monument-Man-Thad-Cochran-s-Unbelievable-Skill-In-Having-Federally-Funded-Buildings-Named-After-Him


2 posted on 05/13/2014 11:50:05 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706

Time to flush this turd.


3 posted on 05/13/2014 11:51:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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4 posted on 05/13/2014 11:52:09 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: cotton1706

I would like to suggest that Sen. Thad Cochran is not a Conservative.


5 posted on 05/13/2014 11:57:15 AM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: cotton1706

“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.


6 posted on 05/13/2014 11:58:02 AM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: cotton1706

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.


7 posted on 05/13/2014 11:59:25 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: dfwgator

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.


8 posted on 05/13/2014 12:01:10 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Jane Long

wow. Does he think pork and government waste shouldn’t have bad names either?


9 posted on 05/13/2014 12:01:10 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: cotton1706

‘I Think Earmarks Have Gotten A Bad Name’


Yeah. So have muslims and Nazis and the Spanish inquisition.


10 posted on 05/13/2014 12:01:16 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: cotton1706

This issue doesn’t excite me. Spending is spending whether a congressman earmarks it directly or a bureaucrat decides where it goes.


11 posted on 05/13/2014 12:02:56 PM PDT by DManA
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To: cotton1706

Maybe someone could come up with a song titled “Sympathe for Earmarks”, sung to the tune of “Sympathy for the Devil”.


12 posted on 05/13/2014 12:03:15 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: GeronL

It’s just a renaming...kind of like going from Globull Warming to the kinder, gentler “Climate Change”.


13 posted on 05/13/2014 12:05:18 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: cotton1706

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


14 posted on 05/13/2014 12:06:37 PM PDT by ghost of stonewall jackson
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To: cotton1706
“I think earmarks have gotten a bad name,”

Ya think?

15 posted on 05/13/2014 12:10:37 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Ben Mugged

“I would like to suggest that Sen. Thad Cochran is not a Conservative.”

D’ya think??

Cochran (MS) - 06/03/14 - 54% (Average) - 57% (Heritage) - 56% (CFG) - 60% (ACU) - 41% (FreedomWorks)


16 posted on 05/13/2014 12:11:19 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706

Government exists to safeguard our liberties, Thad, you moron.


17 posted on 05/13/2014 12:20:27 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: cotton1706
Thad Cochran: 'I Think Earmarks Have Gotten A Bad Name'

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.

18 posted on 05/13/2014 12:25:46 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: cuban leaf
Yeah. So have muslims and Nazis and the Spanish inquisition.

Oh, no! Not the Comfy Chair!

19 posted on 05/13/2014 12:27:43 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: justlurking

Poke him with the SOFT CUSHIONS!


20 posted on 05/13/2014 12:29:30 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: cotton1706
For once I agree with Thad.

Yes, Thad, earmarks have gotten a bad name. With good reason.

21 posted on 05/13/2014 1:02:10 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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22 posted on 05/13/2014 8:18:50 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: cotton1706
My father is a Thad fan and had a sign in his yard. Why I have asked him? Because he had helped him in the past. When I tell it is other people's money he just can't defend the man
23 posted on 05/14/2014 5:36:25 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Vote McDaniel June 3rd Mississippi!)
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To: DManA

>> 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!)


24 posted on 05/14/2014 6:40:52 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: Sybeck1
My father is a Thad fan and had a sign in his yard. _____________________________________________________________ .......had a sign in his yard??? Does that mean he has removed the sign?
25 posted on 05/14/2014 7:44:08 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic)
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To: dfwgator

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.


26 posted on 05/16/2014 6:31:17 AM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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