Senate Republican Leader Agrees to Ban Earmarks

Senate Republican Leader Agrees to Ban Earmarks  

Bowing to the will of a majority of his caucus, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday that he would support a ban on earmarks that have come to be known as a “a symbol of the waste and the out-of-control spending” in Washington.

McConnell, who had resisted calls for the ban saying that it would leave President Obama in charge of spending money on state projects, said that abuse of the practice had led many Americans to view it as a boondoggle and every Republican in Washington determined to fight it.

“As the leader of my party in the Senate, I have to lead first by example,” McConnell, R-Ky., said from the floor of the Senate on the first day of its lame-duck session.

“Nearly every day that the Senate’s been in session for the past two years, I have come down to this very spot and said that Democrats are ignoring the wishes of the American people. When it comes to earmarks, I won’t be guilty of the same thing,” he said.

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Senate Republican Leader Agrees to Ban Earmarks

With this move, Senator Mitch McConnell has made a place for himself in my heart.

I have always liked McConnell, but his recent opinions on earmarks has given me great pause, but this stand has restored my faith in him and makes me believe, there really IS hope for even the ‘old hands’ in the Senate and Congress.

I would suggest that Sen. McConnell expand on this a bit more, “When it comes to earmarks, I won’t be guilty of the same thing,” to say he won’t stand with the liberals against America. Not just on earmarks, but on ANY topic that affects the well-being of the American people.

The American people have truly sent a message to the Senate and House, and I just can’t seem to find the word ‘compromise’ in that message anywhere. Compromise is what got us in the mess we’re in to begin with. GOP Senators and Congressmen have allowed the likes of Hussein Obama to push through a health care bill and financial bailouts that the vast majority of Americans did not want nor support.

The same Congressmen and Senators allowed George W. Bush to enact TARP, the Bush bailout plan. They allowed him to take this nation to war in Iraq. It’s about time Senators actually listened to We, The People.

But in breakout sessions organized by Tea Party favorites Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Mike Pence, R-Ind., new congressmen-elect joined with Tea Party-backed Americans for Prosperity in calling for a two-year moratorium on earmarks.

“Everything has changed” on Capitol Hill, DeMint said, noting that the temporary ban, which would save about $38 billion per year based on recent allocations, is “just the beginning.”

“2012 will make this look small,” DeMint said.

$38 billion isn’t ‘chump change’. It’s not enough to balance the budget, but it’s a start. And just out of curiosity, how much have the Dems been able to save this nation?

He later issued a statement saying that McConnell’s decision “demonstrates the kind of bold leadership our party needs.”

Bold leadership, coupled with a strong sense of America 1st and solid fiscal conservatism is just what this nation needs.

For almost 2 years we have suffered through the administration of Hussein Obama and his dream of socialization for the American people. Prior to that we were subjected to the less than stellar administration of George W. Bush.

It’s going to take bold leadership and hard work from the American people to overcome the damage done during 8 years of Bush and the damage incurred to date by Hussein Obama. We can only hope that this bold new leadership can stop the bleeding and begin to heal America, and set back up straight.

I hope they are up to the task.

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7 Responses to Senate Republican Leader Agrees to Ban Earmarks

  1. Vigilante says:

    Most all are sounding good Fred, but they will have to understand that “waffleing” is not an option. It’s the constitutional way or not at all.
    To hell with anyone that suggests otherwise , and MEAN it.

  2. Bob Mack says:

    Fred, McConnell must read our blogs. Ha! Why not? Orrin Hatch started following me on Twitter yesterday. McConnell backtracked so fast, I didn’t even have time to change my post, had to insert an addendum. Well, gotta keep their feet to the fire, weather 2 more years of the Socialist-In-Chief, and hope 2012 puts the vampires back in their coffins for awhile…

  3. It remains to be seen if this new Congress is up to the task.

    That said, this post is an encouraging sign. I could use some encouragement these days.

  4. Steve Dennis says:

    I honestly do not think that we are going to see earmarks banned, I think there are still too many Washington insiders there. But so far I like what I am hearing from McConnell and DeMint, I hope they are able to get something done on this issue. While earmarks are just a small percentage of the budget, you have to start somewhere and I think this is the perfect spot.

  5. Katie says:

    They are wearing fur hats and coats in Hell today!

  6. Stormwarning says:

    Not all earmarks are bad. Some bring to light issues and programs that are too small to be on the radar screen, but lead to important products, technologies, and capabilities.

  7. TexasFred says:

    Stormwarning — Not all rattlesnakes are bad either… Surely there’s at least a few that just want to hang out, sit on the sofa with you and watch the news… I’m not going to wade off into a snake pit to find that rare *socially conscious* rattler…

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