Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Republicans betray their mission

It's this kind of thing that has people like me leaving the Republican party and drives "tea party" demonstrations, not motivated only by contention with Obama but by disgust with all those in power who perpetuate a rigged and bloated system. The solution is not to "throw the bums out," but to take away their power.

On Nov. 19, 2008, House GOP leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor created a select committee on earmark reform to bring “meaningful change to the process by which Washington spends taxpayers’ hard-earned money.”

Nearly a year later, the committee has done virtually nothing about earmarks — except to request more of them.

When Boehner and Cantor announced the creation of the committee last November, they proposed that Republicans in the House refrain from requesting any additional earmarks until the committee reported back with its recommendations for reform.

That report was to be delivered “no later than Feb. 16, 2009,” but it still hasn’t come. While a Republican aide said earlier this month that the report is a “work in progress,” committee members acknowledge that they haven’t met once since their February deadline came and went.

In the meantime, the vast majority of House Republicans — including eight of the 10 on the committee — have continued to seek earmarks.

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