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A Taste Of Things To Come

by @ 4:11 pm on June 12, 2006. Filed under 2006 Election, Democrats, Politics, Republicans

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.

4 Responses to “A Taste Of Things To Come”

  1. Unfortunately everyone hates the “idea” of earmarks, but then screams when they aren’t the recipient of them.

    I can’t remember if it was Indiana or Ohio I was in when I saw the commercials for someone running for congress. One commercial he blasted his opponent for not getting the district it’s fair share of federal contracts.

    The next commerical he blasted his opponent for wasting money on earmarks he voted for.

  2. Jericho says:

    It appears that taxation with representation ain’t so hot either, eeh?

    But what we really have is election without representation as Disraeli so warned.

    The dollar has lost 95 percent of its value since the inception of paper currency and the income tax in 1913. Bernacke and his banker buddies are working on another 4 percent now. The passage of the 17th amendment which ended the “CN Compromise” ensures that the Senate will forever work for the elites and not the States. Certainly we are too busy driving our 40k cars and watching “Braveheart” again on our 36” LCD’s to bother with refreshing the tree of liberty. The country is finished unless God moves.

  3. Jericho says:

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” What a nice term, moderation. No “extremists” allowed, eeh? I won’t be back.

  4. Umm, all first-time commentors are subject to moderation. To prevent spam, dude. And, I approved your comment when I woke up this morning.

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