When Is An Earmark Not An Earmark?
Um, when it is requested by a Republican. Chapter 3 of (approximately) 654 in the GOP betrayal of Tea Party “principles” comes in the form of backtracking on one of their signature issues. And it’s not just establishment GOPers who are saying they want earmarks to continue.
Conservatives like [Tennessee’s Phil] Roe, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Iowa Rep. Steve King (pictured) are among those trying to figure out a longer-term, sustainable way to get money back to projects in their districts.
“This isn’t trying to be too cute by half of what is an earmark and what isn’t,” Bachmann told POLITICO on Wednesday. “But we have to address the issue of how are we going to fund transportation projects across the country?”
An earmark by any other name, is still an earmark. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m completely comfortable with representatives working to secure funding for projects in their districts. But then again, I wasn’t the one screaming about the evil of earmarks as a cornerstone of my campaign to take the House back from Democrats.
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