Hypocrisy like whoa:
Here is a list of the Senate’s 10 biggest earmark hogs, based on dollar amounts in the spending bill:
1. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.: $474 million
2. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.: $391 million
3. Mary Landrieu, D-La.: $332 million
4. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa: $292 million
5. David Vitter, R-La.: $249 million
6. Christopher Bond, R-Mo.: $248 million
7. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.: $235 million
8. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii: $225 million
9. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.: $219 million
10. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa: $199 million
But it gets better. Vitter and Grassley, like other Republicans who added earmarks to the bill, wind up voting against it because…it had earmarks.
And Republicans wonder why no one takes them seriously.
The simple solution would be to make it a rule that only politicians that vote for bills are allowed to add/keep earmarks. There’s no reason someone who voted against a bill should be able to vote against it. Republicans can’t take political credit for objecting to government spending while still gaining the benefits from the subsequent spending.