I did not know what McCain meant when he said he never pursued an “earmarked” legislation. So I checked up on this interesting issue.
McCain has been opposed to earmarks for his entire career. Obama said he tried to get over $700 Million for his friends and constituents over the years. He was able to land about $240 Million. Hillary Clinton also obtained money.
I’ve learned a couple of things since yesterday about earmarks:
1. According to the New York Times the money does not necessarily go to line the pockets of friends and relaitves; Obama, for example, obtained $10 Million for a militrary arsenal in Rock Island, IL and a couple million for soybean disease research at the U. of Illinois. Some money went to school clubs and sports programs at Chicago Jesuit Academy. He also requested $1 Million for the U. of Chicago Medical Center to fund construction of a pavilion to make room for more patient treatment. Other hospitals in Illinois were on Obama’s list. Possibly Obama requested money to make his friends rich. I don’t know.
2. Some representatives use earmarks to help line the pockets of campaign contributors, friends and relatives or just for themselves.
3. Earmarking is not an illegal activity. There was a bill introduced by the Republicans but it never made it very far. Congress folks like to protect their own interests and I suspect the Republicans knew this in advance so introducing a bill was not a threat to their sucking more money from your pockets for who knows what reasons.
Take a look at this article:
FOX News Documentary Shows Congressmen Sent Millions in Earmarks to Their Own Families
Once you read about earmarks it will be difficult for you to forget how our Congress folks are ripping us off pretty much all of the time.
I have four brothers. One of them is very rich by average middle class standards. He is not CEO rich or George Romney rich or even Condi Rice rich.
Like America, he is blessed by the Lord upstairs. At least that is what some people believe (like Rev. Farwell and his ilk)
He owns a house in an expensive neighborhood. A few weeks ago he decided he wanted to sell his house because he obtained a new job that puts him in the 40% income bracket and that is before he includes his beautiful wife’s income that is so big to be unmentionable here.
So, he puts some flyers around the neighborhood saying he wants to sell his house for (a very high price). Yesterday a guy called him and said he wants to make an offer.
Is my brother blessed or not? I will let you be the judge and jury.
In other news, I noticed Barack is wearing a flag pin now. Is that hypcritical? It sure will be according to Hanratty and Laura Ingram for sure. Wait til they get their bloodthirsty fangs into that one.
Did you watch McCain’s speech last night? Jeez Luise he must be so broke he is hiring a college kid to stage his speeches.
See if you can watch his speech without laughing out loud:
Look for a landslide for Obama in November. You heard it here second! The billionaire said it first in public.
“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
Oscar Wilde quotes
I guess there is no definition for “victory” in Iraq. You cannot find one. It has not been stated by anyone in power. It does not exist because they know it cannot happen.
Also, it seems there is a new Constitutional change: a President may invade any other country for any stupid reason even if the people think he is a total jerk for doing it. Why? Because the President controls the military. To military people the sound of WAR is an aphrodisiac.
So, the lull in Iraq causes a drumming up for an invasion of Iraq. Folks, are you ready to sacrifice your sons and daughters for that? More coffins, more wasted human life.