Thursday, March 5, 2009

Top Earmark offenders are Republicans?

Republicans have said the nation needs to return to fiscal conservatism. They have said that the Democrats are tax and spend Liberals. Republicans have said earmarks is a “pay to play” policy and breeds corruption in Washington D.C. They say that this wasteful spending is irresponsible.

Below is a list of the top 20 earmark offenders in the omnibus spending bill in the Senate. This was found on NewsMax. If Republicans have learned their lesson for the past two elections and are returning to Conservative principles and values, then they should not be on this list. Well…why are EIGHT Republicans on the following list, including Mitch McConnell?

1. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. -- $122.80 million.

2. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. -- $114.48 million.

3. Kit Bond, R-Mo. -- $85.69 million.

4. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. -- $77.90 million.

5. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. -- $75.91 million.

6. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska -- $74 million.

7. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa -- $66.86 million.

8. James Inhofe, R-Okla. -- $53.13 million.

9. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. -- $51.19 million.

10. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii -- $46.38 million.

11. Patty Murray, D-Wash. -- $39.22 million.

12. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. -- $36.55 million.

13. Pat Leahy, D-Vt. -- $36.16 million.

14. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. -- $35.58 million.

15. Robert Casey, D-Pa. -- $27.17 million.

16. Harry Reid, D-Nev. -- $26.63 million.

17. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. -- $25.32 million.

18. Herb Kohl, D-Wis. -- $23.83 million.

19. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. -- $21.96 million.

20. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. (Retired) -- $19.56 million.

Source: Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Other than Arlen Specter, which is not surprise (Specter is a lost cause.), these Republicans need to be called out and told this is not acceptable. Yes, I know I am breaking one of Reagan’s famous rules for not speaking ill of a fellow Republican. Well…too bad. That is what has been wrong with the GOP. They have not called out people like these for leaving Conservatism for whatever this excessive spending represents. Besides, I am a Conservative, not a Republican. I have principles I live by.

If the Republicans want to win back the base. If the Republicans want to broaden they base. If they want more people to vote for their candidates, then state the Conservative principles and values and stand behind them. Live them. DO NOT be a HYPOCRITE! DO NOT be a typical POLITICIAN!

These eight have abandoned their fiscal conservative principles and are asking for millions of our tax dollars for whatever earmarks these are. This is absolutely unacceptable. This is not conservatism. This is counter-productive to our cause to win back Congress and eventually the White House.

If Republicans want to start to winning elections again, actions like this need to stop. They need to start standing up for what they believe in and do it. They need to be Conservatives. That is what leadership is all about. That is what America is hungry for, leaders and conservatives. So, where are they?


  1. This is absolutely correct. Repubs continue to dig America's grave.

  2. "That is what America is hungry for, leaders and conservatives. So, where are they?"

    Right here, F.L.

  3. Both the left and the right are ticking me off to no end with the pork spending.

    They need to be reminded that, it isn't their money. It is our money they took from us by force. So, it would be appreciated if they could try to appear to be spending it wisely,like on the military to defend the nation.

  4. Once again, true. How bout some solutions instead of pointing out the obvious. True conservatives do not need these Senators. I still believe there needs to be a third party solution.

  5. @Bluepitbull

    Thanks for commenting. Please come back.

    This idea is always brought up and regretfully is counter-productive to the process. Conservatives have party and they need to take it back from these weak moderates. Also, if you look at the result of large 3rd party presences in Presidential electoral history, all they do is help the main candidates. They do not get elected themselves. Ross Perot in 1992 gave us Clinton. Nader gave us Bush. The Bull Moose Party in 1912 gave us Wilson. The list goes on and on.

    Here is a solution. Conservatives need to take back the Republican Party and kick out the Blue Bloods, the Country Clubers, the RINO’s, and any others who do not follow Conservative values. Another solution is to start stating what Conservatism is, live by it, and show what it can do. I have plenty more and there many solutions out there.

  6. In short, we need to fold the Big Tent, let the leftists go to the Dhimocrats, the P&F,or AIP, (Or wherever).

    If we can't win with our beliefs, then there is no hope anyway, why not go down honorabley?

  7. Spector is finished in my book. I haven't liked him for years, but this latest bipartisanship he's been pulling is the last straw.
    And all those Republicans who included earmarks/pork/special interests, should go too!

  8. Again, your failing to see the big picture. Regardless of what happened in the past, we as a conservative movement are doomed to repeat history again and again until we have true representatives.

    The Republican party is clearly not the concept that you agree with, so why hang with them?

    Timing is everything in the next election and they brought one of their front runners, Jindal, out too soon. Another, Palin, is marred by her her daughter's interview on Fox News.

    The Republican party is not a party of strategy or proven concepts anymore.

    I am as conservative as any of you, but I will not waste another vote on the likes of McCain or any other lib in conservative clothing they throw at me.