Apparently, Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran is already planning what he’ll be doing if his party regains control of Congress in the fall:
If Democrats win back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran said he would use his position in the majority to help funnel more funds to his Northern Virginia district.
Moran, D-8th, told those attending the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner on June 9 that while he in theory might oppose the fiscal irresponsibility of ?earmarks? – funneling money to projects in a member of Congress’s district – he understands the value they have to constituents.
?When I become chairman [of a House appropriations subcommittee], I’m going to earmark the shit out of it,? Moran buoyantly told a crowd of 450 attending the event
Rhetoric like this is not surprising coming from the mouth of Jim Moran, but he’s only expressing openly what every other Congressman, Republican or Democrat, with the exception of Ron Paul has been doing throughout the past twelve years of Republican majority control.
John Henke is not happy about this:
There you go. If the Democratic Party regains control of the apparatus of government, we will see more pork-barrel spending and enforced political loyalty of which we’ve grown so tired.
Have we really grown tired of it ? I don’t know. If we have, then why do the majority of Americans keep voting for these fools ? The only conclusion I can reach is that people like pork, as long as they benefit from it, and they will keep re-electing politicians who bring those benefits home. Until we can get past that mindset, the fight against pork barrel spending and, more broadly, bloated government will not go far at all.
Case in point is Jim Moran himself. That speech is unlikely to hurt him at all in his re-election bid. He’s an obnoxious blowhard, but the people of the 8th Congressional District knew that long before he became a Congressman; all that matters, it seems, is whether he brings home the bacon. As James Joyner says, though, you do have to admire his audacity.