Sunday, September 14, 2008

McCain's Pork Barrel Earmarks

Politics is indeed a sport, a blood sport and it is not for the faint at heart. Why do some politicians insist on saying things that they know they either don't believe or have no intention of ever implementing? Take John McCain, he loves to say the line that the first pork barrel earmark spending bill that comes across his desk, he will hall out his pen, veto it, make them famous and we will know their names.

If you take McCain at his word, he has now made the first earmark spender famous, Sarah Palin. As major and now governor of her state, Alaska she has received more earmarks per capita than any other state in the union. Alaska still do even today under its new major.

It would be more honest to say that small jurisdictions cannot support their infrastructure without money from the Federal government. So rather than saying that you will cut the earmarks cart-blanche, it would be in everyone's interest to work at reducing the amounts given and demand more fiscal responsibility.

Senator, McCain even highlighted some of Sarah Palin's earmarks but it seems he has another position on earmarks now. Perhaps, we can get him to tell us about his current position when he allows the next "scripted interview" with the press, hopefully before November 4th.

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