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Clinton: Words and Deeds
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, February 14, 2008

How many times have you heard Hillary Clinton talk about "fiscal responsibility" and the need to move back toward a "balanced budget and surpluses"?

Why here it is, found on her campaign website:
Return to fiscal responsibility. After six and a half year of President Bush's fiscal irresponsibility, Hillary wants America to regain control of its destiny. She will move back toward a balanced budget and surpluses. Hillary believes that we should develop a set of budget rules similar to those we had in the 90s which required us to fund new expenditures with new revenues or cuts in other areas.
Yet when she had an opportunity to exercise a little fiscal responsibility and practice what she preaches, what did she do?
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure more than $340 million worth of special projects for her home state of New York in last year's spending bills, according to a new study by a government watchdog group.

The figure places her among the top 10 Senate recipients of what are commonly known as earmarks, said the group, Taxpayers for Common Sense.
Trust me, you have to work hard to get in the elite 10 of the Senate when it comes to earmarks.

And her rivals?
Working in nearly every case with New York colleagues, Clinton supported almost four times as much spending on earmarked projects as her rival for the Democratic nomination, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, whose $91 million total placed him in the bottom quarter of senators who seek earmarks, the study showed.

Senator John McCain of Arizona, the likely GOP presidential nominee, was one of five senators to reject earmarks entirely, part of his longstanding position that the controversial measures prompt needless spending.
So given those facts who is walking the walk and who is talking the talk?

Well it isn't John McCain who is talking about fiscal responsibility while at the same time supporting a million dollar earmark for a museum devoted to the Woodstock music festival as has Clinton. And while Obama's total is lower than Clinton's, he's not above a little favoritism himself:
Obama has been criticized for using a 2006 earmark to secure funds for the University of Chicago hospital where his wife worked until last year.
So the next time you hear Clinton talk about "fiscal responsibility" ask her how she ended up as one of the ten top Senate porkers snuffling and munching away at the earmark trough.
 
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$340 million? What is that about two days worth of Iraq War Spending?
 
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Retief,

Obviously you don’t realize we will soon steal their oil, with a significant ROI. What, you leftists didn’t get the memo?
 
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That’s a good one Don. It was even better when Wolfowitz was peddling it before the invasion. He managed to do it with a straight face.
 
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