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That Was Then. This is Now.
Posted by: Dale Franks on Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Congressional Democrats are addressing earmark reform, in an exceptionally crafty way. By doing more earmarking.
The number of earmarks, in which lawmakers target funds to specific spending projects, exploded over the past decade from about 3,000 in 1996 to more than 13,000 in 2006, according to the Congressional Research Service. Most earmarks made it into appropriations bills or their accompanying conference reports without identifying their sponsors. Upon taking control of Congress after November's midterm elections, Democrats vowed to try to halve the number of earmarks, and to require lawmakers to disclose their requests and to certify that the money they are requesting will not benefit them.

But the new majority is already skirting its own reforms.

Perhaps the biggest retreat from that pledge came this week, when House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey (D-Wis.) told fellow lawmakers that he intends to keep requests for earmarks out of pending spending bills, at least for now. Obey said the committee will deal with them at the end of the appropriations process in the closed-door meetings between House and Senate negotiators known as conference committees.

Democrats had complained bitterly in recent years that Republicans routinely slipped multimillion-dollar pet projects into spending bills at the end of the legislative process, preventing any chance for serious public scrutiny. Now Democrats are poised to do the same.

"I don't give a damn if people criticize me or not," Obey said.
No doubt this is all part of a cunning plan.
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IF that plan is to give control of congress back to the republicans, it’s working like a charm...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Lefties in Review:
One year ago: Look at the Evil Corrupt Republicans.
Today: They’re all bad on both sides, whatcha gonna do.
Watching the double standards unfold is incredible. I know their advocates have no shame, but the Media should at least try to step up.
Written By: jpm100
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It is news like this that restores my faith in divided government. A pox on both parties. The only thing that works is keeping them at each others throats with a balance of power and blowing the whistle on each other. One question remains: Can the Dems rack up a record of corruption in two years that will match what it took the Reps six years to accomplish? That will be quite a mountain to climb, but they may be up to the task. More likely, they will fall short and hold on to both houses of congress in ’08.
Written By: mw
Actually, I think things are actually getting worse with the democrats. But being the partisans that the local leftie riffraff that hangs out here, they won’t agree. All hypocrites. But all of this is not lost on the regular voters. I predict a pretty big blowback by 2008. The only thing that might go in their favor is if the republicans pick a crappy candidate.
Written By: capt joe
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"Actually, I think things are actually getting worse with the democrats. But being the partisans that the local leftie riffraff that hangs out here, they won’t agree. All hypocrites." - joe

Operative words are "getting worse",the Dem’s just don’t have the time between now and ’08 to pile up the mountain of corruption the Reps did in six. They may indeed be worse, but it won’t be enough to overcome the huge structural advantage the Dems have in ’08. The house has never flipped unless the Senate does also (since Senators were elected directly - over 100 years). There are 33 Senate seats contested in 2008. Of these, 21 are held by Republicans and 12 by Democrats. Simple numbers - the Republicans have a lot more at risk, and will be playing defense. The Democrats have many more opportunities to take seats than Republicans. Advantage Democrats. Of course, there is also that little Iraq problem hanging around the Republicans necks. By 2010 the Reps will have a chance to retake a majority, but not in ’08. The only way to maintain a divided government in ’08 is to elect a Republican President.

Hey Joe, good to see you are not subject to that same hypocritical partisan bias.
Written By: mw
the Dem’s just don’t have the time between now and ’08 to pile up the mountain of corruption the Reps did in six.
Never underestimate the possible moral turpitude of liberals...
Written By: Scott
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There... Fixed work’s cookies too...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Hey Joe, good to see you are not subject to that same hypocritical partisan bias.
Just because I don’t like the dems doesn’t mean I like the repubs any better. The repubs still needed to lose in the last election. They exceeded their smell quotient. But what choice in a two party state do you have.

I gave the dems their 100 days they proved themselves worse than I expected. They had as much corruption as the repubs, but the media refused and refuses to talk about it. I can at least admit the truth of this whereas you guys (local leftie riffraff) can’t.

And as to partisan bias on both sides read this.

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