Skip to comments.McConnell agrees to ban earmarks
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 Senates 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.
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Its not going to last too long.
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.
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.
...Any way the wind blows...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“He’d rather Congress decide where taxpayers’ funds be spent than a faceless bureaucrat.”
I’d rather have the Constitution decide.
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...
If we cant decide as a federal government that its not our job to pave local parking lots and build local museums, then we dont understand what constitutional limited government is. Senator DeMint.
How about Congress does not allocate the funds for the Crats to spend??
Earmarks lead to big things. They are used to sweeten the deal to help pass other legislation such as TARP.
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he (Mitch) blinked, As always "trust but, verify.".....Ronald Reagan
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.
“...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!!!
Translation: McConnell is up for re-election in 2 years......
His future depends on it... so we wait and see. We are an army... they work for us.
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 dont 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?
he has got to go...no more country club, go along to get along types fer me...
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.