Entirely Correct and Comprehensively Wrong

Senator McConnell and others have brushed aside earmarks as insignificant.  Senator McConnell points to ear marks as a small percentage of the budget, just as Vice President Biden has done.  He is correct, the numbers are the numbers.  The Senator sees the negative perception of earmarks as a matter of “discretion”.  He may be correct there as well, to some degree.  The Senator points out that earmarks are not the problem with, or the solution to, the fiscal crisis on the horizon; he leaves the impression that it is an insignificant financial issue.  Again, he is correct.

He is also comprehensively wrong! 

There is symbolism associated with earmarks.  The symbolism revolves around the perception of corruption and the belief that corruption has become an integral part of how Congress works.  Perception also revolves around the belief that Congress is incapable of rising above provincial concerns to address the large issues that face us unless somehow “bought off” by the earmark process.  The Senator should be  reminded that perception is political reality!

If indeed, earmarks are insignificant why not swear off them?  Why not apply a strong symbol of new thinking in Congress?  Why not take advantage of the opportunity to begin to turn around the public’s negative perception of how Congress conducts its business?  The failure to do so reinforces current negative perceptions. 

The pregnant question to Republicans from the electorate;  “do they really, get it, did they really hear the message?”  On the earmark issue the answer is, so far; not even close!

  • Bill Hedges

    Heaven to Betsy NO they don’t get it. Every day in Senate barry spent $1,000,000 PORK. Grunt. Grunt. Grunt.

    Pork means MONEY IN BARRY’S POCKET. Promise of $1,000,000 to wife’s hospital employer got her BIG new position and BIG raise. Position DISAPPEARED once she left. Surprise !!! Her hospital has barry’s ear.

    Payola is in their blood. Barry and Bill Ayres was getting each other grants/money. Back and forth. Living off the FAT of the Land. New bood acoming I hope are potty trained.

    What the Federal Reserve is doing to us is bigger that Bill Clinton’s recession. Paying Peter and borrowing from Paul. Printing money like paper grows on trees. Devaluing so we can pay back China and the world with USELESS dollars. What does that do to your and my money.

    This administration and Democrat Congress has us in a conundrum. God help us…

  • Bill Hedges

    A spontaneous event occurred at a Macy’s store day after election ?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp_RHnQ-jgU

  • Bill Hedges

    Conservative Gal

    I thought of you while watching this link. Understand it is new. Millions are hitting it. Word of mouth works.

    There is a need in America and this strikes a cord. America is preparing for a peaceful civil war.

    We had Fort Sumpter Nov. 2, but war was not declared until Bull Run. We hope it does not take more than 10,000 battles to win the freedom of America:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVAhr4hZDJE

    Lame duck Congress may decide this week to extend Bush tax cuts. For all ? We shall see what they learned. I doubt their heart and soul. I cleaned my musket and it is loaded and ready figuratively. Will some liberal take that as a treat ???