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Entries in earmarks (24)

Monday
Apr302012

Sen. Durbin claims local transportation in Chicago should be ‘national priority’

 Chicago Marina in simpler times. ((Photo: Carol M. Highsmith Archive, U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Div.; LOC dates collection to 1946.)Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) crowed about shuttling $256 million in federal funds to Chicago for local transportation projects.  Durbin’s remarks were included in an official statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office about a $1 billion “Rehabilitation of the City’s Busiest Train Line.”

Durbin said, “The federal government is helping CTA make desperately needed improvements to the Red Line because time and again we've argued that mass transit in Chicago should be a national priority.”

The release from the Democrat mayor’s office praises the funding for “creating the opportunity for Chicagoans to move around the city and get to and from work with ease.”

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Wednesday
Jul202011

Sen. Harkin, 7th biggest earmarker, calls FisCons “cult” 

Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa is the latest Democrat to sound off against fiscal conservatives in Congress. Taking center stage with the man who brought IndyMac down at an opportune time for Democrats (Sen. Charles Schumer of New York), Harkin ranted about the debt ceiling fight, saying it is not between Democrats and Republicans. No. It’s between Republicans and their “cult fringe.”

Harkin not only omitted his own spending sins, he appears to believe President George W. Bush is still in office and Republicans still control the legislative branch.

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Friday
Jan212011

Conservative Yost files to oppose Brown for US House seat again in 2012

Conservative Mike Yost announced he will mount a challenge to Rep. Corrine Brown in 2012. [Photo from Mike Yost campaign.]Mike Yost told The US Report on Friday he has filed necessary paperwork to oppose Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla. 3) in 2012 for the US House seat in Dist. 3.

Yost opposed Brown in the 2010 midterm elections. The Florida Times-Union suggested turnout in Orange and Duval Counties helped secure Brown’s victory—that and the fact Yost was outspent by Brown by more than $800,000. Yost, however, did better in rural areas the paper said.

The Jacksonville auto mechanic managed to raise $80,000, mostly from grassroots supporters and mostly from grassroots efforts.

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Friday
Dec172010

Reid ditches Omnibus bill after outrage about spending

Sen. Harry Reid has ditched the Omnibus spending bill after outrage poured forth from the public and from some Republicans.

The blogosphere and even government-allied media had blazed all day Thursday with the tale of the $48 billion earmark no one wanted to take credit for.

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Friday
Dec102010

Holding common sense hostage, Dems lose credibility on deficit 

Progressive Democrats have spent the better part of the week in hysterics about President Barack Obama’s tax negotiations with Republicans. The gist of the hysteria: “We just CAN’T afford those tax breaks for the rich—Republicans are holding us hostage!”

The bottom line on that hysteria is the real hostage takers are portraying themselves as victims.

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Friday
Dec102010

DeMint’s tax war sanity a strength for GOP in 2012

Right now the 24/7 news cycle is feeding on the tax war between Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Progressive Democrats are so upset, at least one has gone off the deep end by allegedly using gutter talk about President Barack Obama. As disagreements progressed about whether the government should be empowered to collect more tax money to spend, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) appeared on the 'CBS Early Show' and his comments restored a note of sanity to the tax war.

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Monday
Nov152010

Breaking news: McConnell joins ban on earmarks

(Washington, D. C.)--Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has joined fellow Republicans in the US Senate in calling for a moratorium on earmarks. As minority leader, McConnell's statement points to an enlightened GOP when it comes to spending. McConnell issued an official statement about the earmark ban on Monday.

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Friday
Nov122010

Fiscal fiasco: Time for a citizen audit of the federal government

President Barack Obama’s fiscal commission has devolved into a fiscal fiasco. Most members of the commission did just what I predicted they would do—they performed as bureaucrats. Judging by information released so far, the members simply don’t get the message Americans sent in the midterm election. And apparently nor does Congress.

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Wednesday
Nov102010

DeMint’s push on earmarks signifies real leadership

Surfers at Micklers Landing, Jacksonville (Fla.) Florida ranked 36th in earmarks for 2010; Hawaii took top (dubious) honors. [Photo by Kay B. Day]Rumors abound about a debate among old guard Republicans and fiscal conservatives about earmarks. Word is Sen. Jim DeMint wants the GOP to put the brakes on earmarks.

A week or so ago I heard a Republican senator who is no longer in office praising earmarks on a talk show. I can’t remember his name or even the TV network—I was doing some housecleaning and didn’t take time to write down the details. That former senator dismissed the idea that freezing earmarks would be a cost saving measure.

 A story in Politico offered GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell’s take on the earmarks freeze as expressed on the CBS program ‘Face the Nation’ on Sunday: “And this debate doesn't save any money, which is why it's kind of exasperating to some of us who really want to cut spending and get the federal government's discretionary accounts under control.”

Apparently McConnell missed the lesson implicit in the midterm elections. Main Street spoke but the message went right by him.

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