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Catch22Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:35 AM
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Check my math. Earmarks vs. Iraq
I saw a thing saying there were like 9000 earmarks in the stimulus bill totaling over $9B. It was framed as something hugely irresponsible blah blah blah, but all I could think was, "Isn't that equal to like 3 weeks in Iraq?" So, am I right?

If so, the next asshole that says something to me about Obama's "spending" package and how it's full of pork, is going to get a question from me about how we've been spending that same amount every 3 weeks over the last 6 or so years in Iraq. On top of that, the pork wasn't added until AFTER congress got a hold of it anyway.
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Zavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:42 AM
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1. It's the Gingrich era all over again.
Repugs are fiscally conservative only when they're not in charge.

My boss, who is a Repug, once asked me to read a chapter of Tom Coburn's book that he thought I'd find interesting. The long and short of what I read: once the Republicans got the majority in 1994, Gingrich suddenly lost all objections to pork and got in Coburn's face for objecting to it.

Same shit now. Truth be told, I hate pork, I wanted none in the bill, and I'm pissed at Schumer for claiming that we don't care about it, but you raise a good point - it's still a drop in the bucket. The party of fiscal conservatism spends like drunken Hollywood starlets when they have the reins, and bitch about everything we do when they don't.
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