Republican Porker of the Month

Earmarks are out--guess Alabama's Richard Shelby Hasn't Heard

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Just a reminder that Republicans are still part of the earmark and overspending problem. Citizens Against Government Waste named Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) the "Porker of the Month" for an $11 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) earmark for the University of Alabama.

Check out the link to find out some interesting information about lawmakers who put more significant funding into their alma maters.

According to CAGW:

Since October 1, the senator has issued 16 press releases, of which 11 related to earmarks. Ironically, his first press release of the month was to announce the introduction of a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.

The temptation to overspend obviously crosses party lines and all Republicans should be leading the way to real reformation and transparancy if we want to be the kind of Party that reflects the real character of conservatism.

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I don't get it. I thought earmarks merely diverted *existing* spending, and so wouldn't change the deficit by a dollar.

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Let's nominate the Nash Equilibrium for President.

"Earmarks are the gateway drug to overspending" - Sen. Coburn

You folks do realize that any party that has the South as its geographical base will never seriously go against pork. Pork is simply an essential part of Southern life, and no Southern politician will ever fail to take credit for earmark spending in his or her district. In most elections, taking credit for being able to procure earmarks is an important strategy.

We take our traditions very seriously down here. Pork is one of them.

Pulled Pork.....looks like things are changing

" Got to love the Lord for making things like that."
Morally Compromised

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Jes cuz he TALKS like he's from the South....

Stare decisis is fo' suckas -- Feddie

generally that's the definition most use. And by whatever definition, I don't know of anybody that calls WV part of the South.

Short definition for me -- any excuse there is to draw a line of demarcation between me and Bob "Sheets" Byrd, I'm good with.

Stare decisis is fo' suckas -- Feddie

long of a fake reconstruction, fair is fair,


its the grease that makes deals possible on bigger things.

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
"One man with courage makes a majority" - Andrew Jackson

Since we're in the end talking about pretty paltry sums here, the idea that pork could be the grease to take on the trillion pound elephant that is entitlement spending is an interesting one.

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
"One man with courage makes a majority" - Andrew Jackson

No, pork is not a "southern" thing, unless you consider Alaska part of the south too (just an example Achance if you're reading, not trying to single you guys out). Mark Sanford (SC gov) is as big of anti-porker as you will find.

Two thirds of the world is covered by water,
the other third is covered by Champ Bailey.

Unless they turn down federal projects

He bragged about all the "special monies" he brought into Tennessee. That got him an expense paid two year vacation in China.
Pork is an issue throughout the U.S., not just the South.

This goes way beyond the South. It applies to the North, East, and West, and all points in between. Pork is universally loved by those who are on the receiving end.
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman

the modern world.

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
"One man with courage makes a majority" - Andrew Jackson

The South isn't necessarily synonomous with pork. Governor Bob Riley of Alabama has done more to eliminate pork than any previous governor in our state's history. It's just taking us a while to purge the rest of the Democrats from our state legislature.

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
-Winston Churchill

Bama's got a beautiful new building on campus.

The construction of one of the most modern interdisciplinary science research and teaching facilities in the Southeast is now underway on the campus of The University of Alabama. Shelby Hall, named in honor of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby and his wife, Dr. Annette N. Shelby, will provide a new home for the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Chemistry as well as undergraduate and graduate classrooms and laboratories. Its research wing is designed to support research in transportation, geosciences, energy, biosciences, chemical sciences, and materials science. University of Alabama centers and coalitions currently conducting research in these areas include.

talked about a honest, hard-working, tax-paying baker he knew in his state, that when any spending bill came up, he would ask the question, "Is this cause worth the money to take FROM the baker to give TO this?
Would that more politicians ask that question.

Did you all forget that Shelby used to be a Democrat? Our Senator Shelby saw the light and changed parties. Senator Shelby does a fine job and you can usually count on him to stand with conservatives when needed.

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