Is the GOP Listening?

Politico: Strong Showing in Anti-Earmark Vote

  • Bob Bennett (R-UT)
  • Thad Cochran (R-MS)
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
  • Dick Lugar (R-IN)
  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Richard Shelby (R-AL)
  • George Voinovich (R-OH)
For the sake of posterity, above find the names of seven Republican senators who voted against a three-year ban on earmarks.  And these particular deserters should come as no surprise. For Fiscal Year 2009, Richard Shelby took $114 million in solo and $219 million in collaborative omnibus earmarks, second only to the deceased Robert Byrd.  Thad Cochran was next on the list, with $75 million in solo and a whopping $473 million in collaborative earmarks.  Lisa Murkowski took fifth most, with $73 million in solo earmarks and $181 million in collaborative earmarks.  Jim Inhofe rounded out the top ten, with $47 million solo and $80 million collaborative.  It’s an addiction, and it needs to stop.
Look, when it comes to our nation’s fiscal problems, the money we would save though a ban on earmarks would merely be a drop in the bucket.  However, the earmarking process is, in itself, a microcosm of the systemic problems in Washington.  Perhaps Alabama needed Shelby’s $114 million for valuable projects, but if the projects are so valuable, then those projects should stand, legislatively, on their own.
As I write this, Sean Hannity is speaking about the eight turncoats, and praised the seven Democrats who joined the majority of Republicans in voting in favor of the earmark ban:
  • Evan Bayh (D-IN)
  • Michael Bennet (D-CO)
  • Russ Feingold (D-WI)
  • Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
  • Bill Nelson (D-FL)
  • Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Mark Udall (D-CO)
Of course, considering the looming re-election for some and gubernatorial aspirations of others, each had their own reasons for joining Republicans in voting in favor of the earmark ban.  However, whatever their reason, it should be noted that it is not only the right thing to do, but it is the legislative extension of the message being sent to Capitol Hill by Americans back on November 2.


  1. Scratch my back says:

    Give up bribery-for-legislative-votes? Asking a lot aren’t we?

  2. Which is why Bennett got booted in the Utah primaries this year. Utah is tired of career politicians…..and big spenders.

  3. Kahleeka says:

    Bill Nelson voted FOR an earmark ban? Hath hell frozen over??

    I’ve watched him closely and I can state unequivocally that he freaked out over November elections and is looking toward 2012.


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