Most ethical Congress evah eviscerates earmark reform bill

posted at 5:42 pm on July 30, 2007 by Allahpundit

From Jack Murtha’s lips to God’s ear. Take your pick: Tom Coburn’s snazzy multicolored chart or N.Z. Bear’s bullet points of death. Despite the unusually bipartisan blogospheric coverage of the secret hold last year, despite the numerous unflattering stories since about Democrats not doing enough to trim pork, despite Murtha’s embarrassing threat against Mike Rogers and the subsequent “lost earmark,” despite all the windage about their allegedly exacting ethical standards, despite a public approval rating that’s in the toilet and circling the drain, they felt comfortable enough to take one of their few genuine legislative accomplishments and tear it to pieces. Why? Because this isn’t a “sexy” issue and they know the public won’t pay attention to it, blog and (cursory) media coverage notwithstanding. Same as with the bankruptcy bill last year.

Follow the link to N.Z. Bear and read DeMint’s statement. Mensch that he is, he’s vowed to fight it, but how many allies can he reasonably expect to have even on the Republican side? Is Ted “Bridge to Nowhere” Stevens going to hop onboard the Starship Transparency?

I fear we’re well and truly boned:

There’s a lot of smoke and mirrors in the new ethics bill, but upon a close look its obvious that earmark transparency reforms have been eviscerated. Senator Reid has given himself and a few committee chairmen the authority to determine whether congressional earmarks have been properly disclosed to the public. My office has confirmed this with the Senate Parliamentarian. Under this bill, the American people would be forced to trust Senator Reid and Senator Byrd – two of the biggest earmarkers in the Senate – to certify earmark disclosure. This bill allows the fox to guard the henhouse and makes a joke of ethics reform.

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I wonder if the best course of action is to let the Dems and the KleptoCons have their stupid pork booster bill then try and get a few voted out of office.

Bad Candy on July 30, 2007 at 5:45 PM

That screencap is perfect.

PBoilermaker on July 30, 2007 at 5:45 PM

They are blatant thieves, taking our money and secretly sending it to wherever they please with no one to answer to.
The people who keep these scoundrels in office are often the recepients of this stolen money.They should be publicly shamed at every opportunity.

bbz123 on July 30, 2007 at 5:48 PM

We need to head to WallyWorld, but the biggest and brightest pair of cheap earings we can find and mail em in.

Limerick on July 30, 2007 at 5:54 PM

A pox on both of their houses seems like a good position.

To pry Reid from the leadership position will require an issue where the parties are different. Iraq anyone?

TunaTalon on July 30, 2007 at 5:54 PM

buy….buy…..not but…..geezzzz Lim

Limerick on July 30, 2007 at 5:54 PM

Pork-Be-Gone.

TERM LIMITS.

Both Parties.

fogw on July 30, 2007 at 6:00 PM

Democrats: Rule by extortion.

Mazztek on July 30, 2007 at 6:01 PM

They’ve done it again. If you don’t like the way the game is going, change the rules!!

jeanie on July 30, 2007 at 6:08 PM

Looks like all that talk about ethics reform in 2006 was all a bunch of b.s. to get votes.

SoulGlo on July 30, 2007 at 6:10 PM

Well , SoulGlo, they can’t very well tell the truth about themselves.

bbz123 on July 30, 2007 at 6:28 PM

More important than ever to make sure there is a conservative in the presidency. Not a Boosh CINO but a real conservative.

Wade on July 30, 2007 at 6:30 PM

Porkbusters seems to be suffering from an Allahlanche.

Jaibones on July 30, 2007 at 6:54 PM

Senator Reid and Senator Byrd

The Reaper and the Porkster to be trusted with our money and with ethics.

The Libertarian in me is against term limits. Facts, from both sides, have driven me to conclude:

2 terms for senators, and
3 terms for congressmen

…or a similar alternative…

Also, there s/b a mandatory retirement age (which of course is no longer possible, as there isn’t one for the rest of us either, due to president Clinton-once-in-power-always-power-hungry-for-more).

Then, get the he*l out of Wash. D.C. and work for a living. This institute Hillary wants to open would take this mockery of ‘service’ even a step further toward life-long exploiting loafers.

This is absolutely not what the founding fathers had in mind.

Entelechy on July 30, 2007 at 7:02 PM

That sreencap is perfect.
P Boilermaker on July 30,2007 at 5:45 PM.

I agree P.Boilermaker,on the screecap.

Crazy is what Crazy does.He he

canopfor on July 30, 2007 at 7:06 PM

Oops forget the n on screencap,sorry.

canopfor on July 30, 2007 at 7:07 PM

Everyone, all together:

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Mallard T. Drake on July 30, 2007 at 7:26 PM

why isn’t there a candidate willing to take a stand on earmarks and pork and corruption….like RON PAUL!!

seriously though you would think immigration and this and perhaps a tough action plan on iran and syria would be a 3 issue campaign that would be a winner.

coondawg on July 30, 2007 at 7:33 PM

They are blatant thieves, taking our money and secretly sending it to wherever they please with no one to answer to.
The people who keep these scoundrels in office are often the recepients of this stolen money.They should be publicly shamed at every opportunity.

bbz123 on July 30, 2007 at 5:48 PM

And now Ted Stevens has had his house searched. Looks like Jefferson will have a cellmate…

Bradky on July 30, 2007 at 7:39 PM

That Cat is High, Just look at his eyes

400lb Gorilla on July 30, 2007 at 8:15 PM

Allah, you should add this audio to that screencap. That’s all it needs to make it perfect.

Laura on July 30, 2007 at 8:29 PM

And then you got another guy on another issue, Chuck Schemer, talking about SCOTUS judges and how they “lied” during confirmation hearings. I certainly hope the country sits up and takes note and fires these b**tards from the Hill. And I mean a ka-leeeeeeeeeeennnnn sweep.

I will be calling a number of the scum on the Hill about this one.

auspatriotman on July 30, 2007 at 8:51 PM

The entire federal enclave in Washington D. C. is infested with political maggots and crooks. With any luck the FBI will conclude the Stevens investigation then conduct a sweeping investigation to nail as many of them as possible.

rplat on July 30, 2007 at 9:06 PM

And now Ted Stevens has had his house searched. Looks like Jefferson will have a cellmate…

Bradky on July 30, 2007 at 7:39 PM

If they’re found guilty, I wish you’re right.

Entelechy on July 30, 2007 at 9:23 PM

Entelechy,

Good point – neither has been convicted yet. Whatever the outcome is will likely be well into the next administration if the Jefferson probe is any indicator.

Bradky on July 30, 2007 at 9:55 PM

…most ethical Congress, EVAR !

SilverStar830 on July 30, 2007 at 10:40 PM

Reid looks happy.

Well porker, laugh while the laughing is good.

Mcguyver on July 31, 2007 at 12:23 AM

Allah, I think what most people forget here is that all politics is local, and reform can only begin at home.

I can make this statement because, having learned the refined version of political corruption practiced for the better part of a century in my native state of Louisiana, keeping one’s seat in Congress or the Senate is all about rewarding your voters. Nothing else matters.

Messers Reid and Byrd are extremely good at rewarding their voters with the only thing that matters: Federal funds brought home to their districts. Bereft of any other redeeming quality, those two resort to the most blatant, obvious means possible to bring home the greenbacks. And because they have been so successful at it for so long, they have earned a seniority in their respective governing bodies that places them into positions of rewarding their voting base into perpetuity – or at least until they croak.

I don’t like the idea of term limits on the face of it, because I believe it means that politicians will lose governing experience, and place the federal government into the hands of the professional aide class, a la Commonwealth governments like England, Australia, and New Zealand. But neither do I like the idea that seniority can be used to secure positions of perpetual moneyprinting and manipulation of power.

Perhaps instead of term limits across the board, some means of rotating key committee chairmanship positions so that the power of the earmark can be diluted away?

Food for thought…

Wanderlust on July 31, 2007 at 7:02 AM

Byrd? Seriously? What, is Harry planning that ‘ol Byrd will kick it soon make him the only oversight on earmarks?

That’s barbaric. Bar-Baric. Barbaric.

Now, is it me, or does Byrd sound more like Homer Simpson as the years progress?

JunkCoast on July 31, 2007 at 9:57 AM

They are nothing but thieves, stealing our money in taxes so they can piss it away or exchange it for votes. The Founders would probably be shooting these people, were they alive today…

NRA4Freedom on July 31, 2007 at 11:15 AM