After yesterdayâ€™s Senate vote against an earmark ban, we again made the case that the damage earmarks do to our nationâ€™s deficits go far beyond the nominal amounts spent on the earmarks themselves. The problem is that the votes earmarks secure from the sponsoring legislators then allow for ever higher levels of spending on other federal programs. Now, just one day after eight Republican Senators voted to protect earmark spending, CQ confirms our fears:
…And eight of them were Republicans: Jim Inhofe and Dick Lugar along with appropriators Bob Bennett, Thad Cochran, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Dick Shelby and George Voinovich. (And another pair of venerable earmarking appropriators, Democrat Barbara Mikulski and Republican Kit Bond, were among those missing.)
Primary every damned one of them we can. One who is relatively untouchable is Lisa Murkowski, thanks to the moronic voters of Alaska. Thanks a lot, snowbillies who voted for your corruptocrat! Your greed for pork rather than liberty threatens liberty – and fiscal sanity – for all the rest of us. My admiration for Sarah Palin, who despised the Murkowski family, only continues to grow. And you Murkowski voters only continue to be part of the problem. I deeply hope you come to regret your choice one of these days.