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government wConsidering that an earmark moratorium is in effect, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)’s Pork Patrol sure seems to be uncovering a lot of earmarks.aste, debt, dnc, newt, elections

November 30, 2011

Considering that an earmark moratorium is in effect, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)’s Pork Patrol sure seems to be uncovering a lot of earmarks.

When the one-year earmark moratorium was announced for fiscal year (FY) 2012, seasoned observers anticipated that earmarks would not disappear, but merely change shape.  Judging by the 15 appropriations bills that CAGW has analyzed thus far, this viewpoint has been corroborated.  Eleven of these bills contain earmarks, totaling 248 projects worth $9.5 billion.  While the number has substantially decreased compared to prior years, any earmark violates the moratorium.  Leading the way is the Department of Defense (DOD) bill, in which the Senate included 49 earmarks worth $2.9 billion and the House added 72 earmarks worth $3.9 billion.

The six Senate bills scrutinized by CAGW thus far have contained 142 earmarks worth $4.4 billion.  In addition to the bill funding the DOD, the Senate included $748.2 million in earmarks in the Energy and Water bill, $439 million in the Labor, Health and Human Services bill, $224.6 million in the Transportation bill, $115.4 million in the Agriculture bill, and $16.4 million in the Military Construction bill.

Five of the nine appropriations bills produced by the House have a total of 106 earmarks worth $5.1 billion.  In addition to the House DOD bill, the House earmarked $436.1 million in the Energy and Water bill, $368.4 million in the Commerce bill, $321.6 million in the Interior bill, and $56.8 million in the Agriculture bill.

In addition to continuing to fund earmarks, members of Congress have drastically reduced transparency.  Prior to FY 2008, most earmarks were contained in a single table, which usually included the account that was to fund the earmark and the city or state where the project was located.  From FYs 2008-2010, members were also required to attach their names to their earmark requests, and submit accompanying certification letters.  This period marked the zenith of earmark transparency.

Unfortunately, members of Congress have now reached the nadir of earmark information in FY 2012.  Senators and representatives no longer attach their names to earmarks.  In fact, the projects are no longer contained in a separate location apart from the text of the bill.  Many bills analyzed by CAGW do not contain tables at all.  Unearthing earmarks requires reading the bill line-by-line to identify projects where the House or Senate has appropriated money for a project that was not requested by the administration, where funding represents a substantial increase over the budget request, or which meets another of CAGW’s seven-point criteria.  Needless to say, this has dramatically lengthened the time necessary for detailed analysis of appropriations bills. 

It is clear that many members of Congress never took the earmark moratorium seriously.  In fact, members have reversed the progress of recent years by removing the methodology that previously provided a semblance of transparency.  Under the new rules, appropriations bills have undeniably become more opaque. 

Over the years, earmarks became the currency of re-election, and most observers predicted that the earmark moratorium would not last long.  After having witnessed earmarks continue during the moratorium, one wonders if members might not prefer the current system, where they still channel funding for earmarks, but without the cumbersome transparency of previous years.  As usual, the cynical view of Washington has proven correct.  Of course, if there were no earmarks and members really abided by the moratorium, this article would not have had to be published.

 

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GOP debate

November 23, 2011

Last nights debate was a good exchange of the candidate’s positions. Just for fun I logged into twitter.GOP debate. Found several very interesting posts. Most of them where very negative. Like “boring, felt like a root canal,idiots etc.” These people do not sound like Americans,maybe more like OWS dudes. I guess they are happy Economic growth of 2%, Direction of country is Right 20%- is wrong 73.3, Congress jobs approval 43.4-disapprove 81.2,Obama job approval 43.4-disapprove 49.9 Have a happy thankgiving

Is voting a Right or a Privilege

November 19, 2011

the argument that voting is not a privilege.

Voting in political elections is not a right, nor is it a privilege. Then what is it? I contend that it is a grave responsibility. Those that do not agree, should not be allowed to vote. Those that do agree, should be allowed to vote. They should strive hard to make ‘informed’ decisions which are best for them in the long-term.

http://www.achievebalance.com/data/articles/voting.htm

 

 

 

Many factors should be considered and researched before you vote. The 2012 elections could be the most important decisions Americans have ever faced.  Don’t be a robot programned to vote   for a Party, exercise your choices. Vote for a President-Commander In -Chief who, in your opinion, will best serve “We ThePeople”. In the past many Americans have voted solely on “how much of the pie they  can expect to get with candidate X”. Please remember FREEDOM IS NOT FREE and keep in mind that we all have a huge  RESPONSIBILITY  to honor the millions of American troops who gave their lives to KEEP AMERICA FREE!   Begin your research on all of the candidates today, be very selective,  compare their qualifications.  Take some notes on each, it’s easy thanks to the net.  A good place to start is newt2012.org. I think Newt Gingrich is Top Gun.

 

God help us

Freedom Is Not Free

November 16, 2011

cagw.org “Senate Defense Bill” has 49 EARMARKS worth 2.9 Billion. That’s insane! America is broke. Wake up Americans, un-elect them.

We need a strong new leader with solutions.

November 16, 2011

newt2012.org “Contract With America” Newt is Top Gun!

PART 1: LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS

Executive Summary

Executive Summary

1.Repeal Obamacare and pass a replacement that saves lives and money by empowering patients and doctors, not bureaucrats and politicians.
2.Return to robust job creation with a bold set of tax cuts and regulatory reforms that will free American entrepreneurs to invest and hire, as well as by reforming the Federal Reserve and creating a training requirement for extended federal unemployment benefits to encourage work and improve the quality of our workforce.
3.Unleash America’s full energy production potential in oil, natural gas, coal, biofuels, wind, nuclear oil shale and more, creating jobs, stimulating a sustainable manufacturing boom, lowering gasoline and other energy prices, increasing government revenues, and bolstering national security.
4.Save Medicare and Social Security by giving Americans more choices and tools to live longer, healthier lives with greater financial independence.
5.Balance the federal budget by freeing job-creators to grow the economy, reforming entitlements, and implementing waste cutting and productivity improvement systems such as Lean Six Sigma to eliminate waste and fraud. Pass a balanced budget amendment to keep it balanced.
6.Control the border by January 1, 2014 and establish English as the official language of government; reform the legal visa system, and make it much easier to deport criminals and gang members while making it easier for law abiding visitors to come to the US.
7.Revitalize our national security system to meet 21st century threats by restructuring and adequately funding our security agencies to function within a grand strategy for victory over those who seek to kill us or limit American power.
8.Maximize the speed and impact of medical breakthroughs by removing unnecessary obstacles that block new treatments from reaching patients and emphasizing research spending towards urgent national priorities, like brain science with its impact on Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s, mental health and other conditions knowledge of the brain will help solve.
9.Restore the proper role of the judicial branch by using the clearly delineated powers available to the president and Congress to correct, limit, or replace judges who violate the Constitution.
10.Enforce the Tenth Amendment by starting an orderly transfer of power and responsibility from the federal government back “to the states, respectively, or to the people,” as the Constitution requires. Over the next year, state and local officials and citizens will be asked to identify the areas which can be transferred back

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November 9, 2011

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