Same Old, Same Old

Annie

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If memory serves, the Democrats ran last fall on 'cleaning up the corruption' and 'a change in direction of the war'. In the past few weeks, the later has been fracturing that party, much like immigration has been the GOP.

Now there is this problem:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070603/ap_on_go_co/congress_pet_projects

Democrats hide pet projects from voters

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 47 minutes ago

After promising unprecedented openness regarding Congress' pork barrel practices, House Democrats are moving in the opposite direction as they draw up spending bills for the upcoming budget year.

Democrats are sidestepping rules approved their first day in power in January to clearly identify "earmarks" — lawmakers' requests for specific projects and contracts for their states.

Rather than including specific pet projects, grants and contracts in legislation as it is being written, Democrats are following an order by the House Appropriations Committee chairman to keep the bills free of such earmarks until it is too late for critics to effectively challenge them.

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