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    Republican earmarks
    in the 2009 Senate Omnibus Spending Bill

    Sadly the number being thrown around for total number of earmarks attached to the 2009 Omnibus Senate Spending Bill is tabulated at around 4,000. While conservatives are preaching the cause of fiscal discipline, elected Republican’s are doing everything they can to make themselves as pork loving as their Democrat counterparts. Luckily Taxpayers for Common Sense has compiled these earmarks into a spreadsheet. I decided to look through this information and try to boil it down and point out the worst offenders.
    I will do my best in further posts to give you some examples of just what these Senators are requesting.
    A few facts:
    Of the top ten Senators requesting the highest amount of $ in solo earmarks 6 are Republicans.
    They are:
    #2 Shelby – 64 individual earmarks total $114,484,250
    #3 Bond – 54 individual earmarks total $95,691,491
    #5 Cochran – 65 individual earmarks total $75,908,475
    #6 Murkowski – 71 individual earmarks total $74,000,750
    #8 Inhofe – 34 individual earmarks total $53,133,500
    #9 McConnell – 36 individual earmarks total $51,133,500

    Of the top ten Senators requesting highest # of solo earmarks 5 of them are
    Republicans, four of whom top the list:
    #1 Specter – 134 individual earmarks = $25,320,000
    #2 Murkowski – 71 individual earmarks = $74,000,750
    #3 Chochran – 65 individual earmarks = $75,908,475
    #4 Shelby – 64 individual earmarks = $114,484,250
    #8 Bond – 54 individual earmarks = $85,691,491

    2009 | Roaring Republican ... ding-bill/



    Stimulus Earmarks
    Republican earmarks waste list

    $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Energy defunded last year because it said the project was inefficient.
    A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.
    $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program.
    $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaking ship.
    $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters.
    $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.
    $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.
    $400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STD’s.
    $1.4 billion for rural waste disposal programs.
    $125 million for the Washington sewer system.
    $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities.
    $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which already has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion.
    $75 million for “smoking cessation activities.”
    $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges.
    $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI.
    $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.
    $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.
    $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas.
    $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings.
    $500 million for state and local fire stations.
    $650 million for wildland fire management on forest service lands.
    $1.2 billion for “youth activities,” including youth summer job programs.
    $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.
    $412 million for CDC buildings and property.
    $500 million for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Maryland.
    $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for National and Community Service.
    $5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.
    $850 million for Amtrak.
    $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint.
    $75 million to construct a “security training” facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.
    $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems.
    $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.
    And that’s the latest news on the Republican list of stimulus earmarks.
    Stimulus Earmarks



    Republican Hypocrites

    November 5, 2009
    by John Stossel

    GOP gasbags love to lecture Democrats about earmarks.
    Politico points out that last November House Republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor formed a committee on earmark reform to bring “meaningful change to the process by which Washington spends taxpayers’ hard-earned money.”How much change did we get?

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    Yup, liars, all of them. This was Boehner's facebook post yesterday.....

    http://www.facebook.com/johnboehner

    Hey genius! Jobs? Illegal immigration? No one cares more about earmarks than these other issues....get to WORK!
     
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    I continue to think that earmarks in and of themselves aren't necessarily a bad thing.

    They are a legislative tool that can have good or bad effect depending on the earmark itself.
     
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    I dun have a strong opinion one way or another. They've been used well and abused, and not every federal expenditure can affect the whole nation equally. I suppose this means Boehner won't be bringing home any federal dollars for Ohio.

    O joy.
     
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    I would rather see saved money go to Social Security and Social Security put into a secured account once again.
     
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    "Once again"? There has always been a Social Security Trust Fund, Conspiracist, and there still is. I dun know about you but I'd like Boehner to be bringing Ohio some j-o-b-s and fast.
     
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    The money has been used for other funding besides S.S. While it had a surplus in 1983, Congress used that money to disguise debt in other areas. Social Security was working well but politicians saw more money to get their hands on and fucked it up. We need to take those with disabilities outta the kettle as well.
     
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    Not to defend congress critters in any way...but the "no earmarks" bill will not save one dime.
    Anyone who believes that cutting earmarks will save money doesn't understand the process, in fact cutting earmarks may increase spending.

    The spending will still happen, just not as an earmark.
     
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    I realize earmarks are taken from federal funds... such as the federal transportation fund will be targeted by an earmark of a Minnesota congressman that feels a bridge in his district is in dire need of repair. He will attach it to a bill in return of a yes vote to something the president wants to pass. It is pork spending.
     
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    I would rather see zero riders on any bill for any pet project. If a congresscritter wants funds for something then let them write it up and submit it and let it stand on it's own merit.
     
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