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Oh, Charlie Brown,

You sweet trusting soul. 

How many times has Lucy held that football in front of you?  How many times have you raced ahead?  And how many times has she pulled it away and watched as you flail in the air. 

Charlie Brown, do you ever learn?

Lucy, do you ever stop pulling that pigskin away?

It reminds me of our elected officials in Congress and the White House as they make promise after promise to eliminate earmarks in budgets and bills.  As they promise they won’t sign budgets with earmarks.  And as they go on and on about the ills of earmarks.  Remember earmarks?  You know how I feel about those.

The latest started (I think) with Speaker Pelosi’s proposal of a one-year ban on earmarksOh, that would be great, wouldn’t it?  According to the Roll Call article (click on the link above), “for the current fiscal year alone, members of both parties in both chambers secured 9,499 earmarks worth a total of $15.9 billion, according to a study by Taxpayers for Common Sense.”

A ban on earmarks!  I’ve been clamoring for that for a while!  But wait.  By today, I think the proposal has morphed into a qualified ban on earmarks for for-profit entities.  Next week I am sure they will whittle it down to a ban on all earmarks for entities that are for-profit through the buying and selling of the giant letter “E” for highway signs in States that start with the letter Q.  Uh huh. 

Ban on earmarks?  Oh, I’d love to see it.  I surely would.  I would support it and any elected official who helped to pass it. 

But?

You go ahead and hold that pigskin Speaker Pelosi.  You hold it in place all day and all night.  You go ahead and try and sweet-talk me all you want.  I’m not running forward.  I’m not racing with my hopes up towards you or any other elected official who talks the talk about curtailing worthless earmark projects.  Heck, I’m not even on the field anymore.  I’ve taken off my jersey, left the stadium and am sweating away trying to find work for myself in the slower-than-molasses economy before I land in debtor’s prison. 

Hold your pork.  I have work to do. 

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Ugggg…..

Wasteful spending.  It sucks. Especially if it is being done with MY tax dollars. 

I gotta agree with the Senate Republicans on this one.  This latest version of TARP, or whatever they are calling this Federal spending plan, looks horrible.  It looks wasteful.  It still looks like a bunch of earmarked projects cherry-picked for some special donors back in the Representatives’ home districts.  Here is a list of some of the projects that the GOP leaders consider to be wasteful in the latest stimulus package bill:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/02/gop.stimulus.worries/index.html

A lot of these projects do NOT look like they would stimulate growth in our economy.  I would agree to a spending package that stimulates growth and improves infrastructure.  The American Society of Civil Engineers puts out a report called “The Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.”  It’s full of Ds.  Parents out there, if your kid came home with such a dismal report card, there would be some severe repercussions, I think.  In this report card, bridges get a C, dams get a D, roads get a D-, and drinking water gets a D-.  The United States, if we are going to pass a bill to spend billions of dollars to stimulate the economy, should make this bill a double-plus by spending the money on things we really really need.  Like roadway improvements and bridge retrofit.  Not things like furniture for new federal buildings.

I don’t agree with everything on the GOP’s list.  I don’t think spending money on Amtrak or a sewer system or new flood control projects is wasteful.  But I don’t think this bill should be passed the way it is and I hope the House and Senate Democrats work with the Republicans to fix it.  I think a lot of Americans feel the same way.  I think I’ll emulate my pal Debbie and follow this blog with an e-mail to my Congressional reps.  Let’s say “No!” to earmarked wasteful spending.  Or else just give me my tax money back.  I’ll show y’all how to spend money properly! 

Heh heh. 

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