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Entries in earmarks (24)


DeMint leads by example on fiscal conservatism; spoke out on appropriations bill

In the U.S. Senate, there are several Republicans who stay true to fiscal conservatism; one is Sen. Jim DeMint. The outspoken senator from South Carolina actually has the nerve to put the interests of the people above the party—a quality in short supply in Washington at present.

On March 4, DeMint filed 19 amendments to the $410-billion Omnibus Appropriations Bill, a bill that might be more appropriately called the “Omnibus Spendthrift Bill.” Several of those amendments were aimed at striking wasteful pork-barrel projects requested by members; others would prevent taxpayer dollars from being spent in support of controversial policies. Thousands of earmarks were in the final Omnibus bill and many of those earmarks are nothing more than pork inserted because political opportunity presented itself. From fruit flies to wine, members of Congress managed to load up the bill with pet projects that were not vetted by debate and oversight.

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Chicago to run the US: Obama taps Rahm Emanuel for Chief of Staff

In Chicago Congressman Emanuel speaks at a press conference (7-20-07) attended by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), community leaders and environmental activists. (photo Emanuel Congress pages)Various media are reporting President-elect Barack Obama has asked Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) to be White House Chief of Staff. Emanuel became a member of Congress in 2003. Previously he worked as a senior advisor for President Bill Clinton. In 1989 Emanuel served as a senior advisor and chief fundraiser for Richard M. Daley. Aside from the Daley circle, Emanuel is also part of the Paul Simon circle--he worked on Simon’s 1984 election to the U.S. Senate. And here’s where the Chicago tale gets just more interesting. I doubt other media will explore lovely political triangles like this for you.

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The GOP had Karl Rove; Obama has David Axelrod

David Axelrod is the political strategist behind the success of many Democratic candidates, Sen. Barack Obama foremost among them. Axelrod is a partner in AKP&D Message and Media Firm. In politics, one hand always scratches the other. In March, 2008, BusinessWeek did an article, ‘The Secret Side of David Axelrod.’ Considering the hearts and kisses media has given the Democratic candidate for president, it comes as no surprise Axelrod was once political editor at The Chicago Tribune.

BusinessWeek notes there’s not a lot of hard data on the AKP&D website. But it’s fairly easy to put simple sums together, and here are a few items worthy of consideration.

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State grant gone wrong pales in comparison to Obama’s federal earmarks

The State of Illinois is investigating the use of a $100,000 grant awarded in 2001 by Sen. Barack Obama who was serving in the Illinois legislature at the time.The Chicago Sun-Times said, “A $100,000 state grant for a botanic garden in Englewood that then-state Sen. Barack Obama awarded in 2001 to a group headed by a onetime campaign volunteer is now under investigation by the Illinois attorney general amid new questions, prompted by Chicago Sun-Times reports, about whether the money might have been misspent.” The garden didn’t happen. The paper also says $65,000 of the grant money went to the wife of the Obama 2000 congressional campaign volunteer who heads the Chicago Better Housing Association. That grant pales in comparison to federal earmarks requests by Obama.

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Reid to McCain: Stay away from Washington

Updated on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 8:30PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

Sen. Harry Reid doesn’t want Sen. John McCain to do his job. McCain plans to head to Washington to help fix the economic mess. Reid asked McCain to stay away. Funny thing is last time I looked McCain was still the senator from Arizona. So what's up with Reid?  I think it’s likely Dems are trying to protect their candidate. It’s a risk to try to help fix this situation and Sen. Barack Obama is definitely not going to take a political risk like that, even in the interest of the country. Plus despite the narrative media loves to tell, Obama is definitely not an economics whiz. I confess Reid is one of my least favorite Washington politicos.

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Obama earmarks for org headed by former priest listed on 'Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct' list

(Washington, D. C.)—Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) requested two earmarks totaling $2,750,000 for an organization founded by a former priest listed on the report, ‘Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.’ The report was issued by the Office of the Chancellor, Archdiocese of Chicago. Obama requested federal funding for AIDSCARE, Inc., described on Obama’s government website as “a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides housing and care for homeless children, families and adults living with advanced HIV/AIDS in the Chicago Area [sic].”  AIDSCARE was founded by James V. Flosi. The Chicago Tribune described Flosi as, “a former Roman Catholic Priest…accused of molesting a minor…”

The Tribune said the molestation allegedly took place in 1980 when Flosi was an assistant pastor at Holy Name Cathedral. Flosi resigned from the priesthood in 1992.

The Archdiocese of Chicago noted the report containing Flosi’s name lists “priests…no longer in public ministry because an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor has been substantiated.”

Flosi’s name and additional information are also included at the website for BishopAccountability.org., a group dedicated to documenting the abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church. Anne Doyle, who serves on the group’s board of directors, said by phone from Boston, “This is a huge crisis…the church has washed its hands of responsibility.” Doyle’s group has been endorsed by the Attorney General of New Hampshire Kelly A. Ayotte, priests, attorneys and others.

The Tribune reported Monday the archdiocese of Chicago agreed to pay $13 million to settle claims brought by people who were children when they were abused by priests.

Flosi is listed by the state of Illinois as a lobbyist for AIDSCARE, Inc. In June, Obama released a list of numerous earmarks he requested and published them on his U.S. Senate home page.

(Text copyright Kay B. Day/2008)



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