Democrats hide pork barrel from public

After promising unprecedented openness regarding Congress' pork barrel practices, House Democrats are moving in the opposite direction as they draw up spending bills for the upcoming budget year.

Democrats are sidestepping rules approved their first day in power in January to clearly identify "earmarks" — lawmakers' requests for specific projects and contracts for their states.

Rather than including specific pet projects, grants and contracts in legislation as it is being written, Democrats are following an order by the House Appropriations Committee chairman to keep the bills free of such earmarks until it is too late for critics to effectively challenge them.

Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., says those requests for dams, community grants and research contracts for favored universities or hospitals will be added to spending measures in the fall. That is when House and Senate negotiators assemble final bills.

Such requests total billions of dollars.

As a result, most lawmakers will not get a chance to oppose specific projects as wasteful or questionable when the spending bills for various agencies get their first votes in the full House in June.

The House-Senate compromise bills due for final action in September cannot be amended and are subject to only one hour of debate, precluding challenges to individual projects.

Obey insists he is reluctantly taking the step because Appropriations Committee members and staff have not had enough time to fully review the 36,000 earmark requests that have flooded the committee.

What Obey is doing runs counter to new rules that Democrats promised would make such spending decisions more open.


  1. Carl Nemo

    I rarely attack anyone on an ad hominem basis; i.e., simply looks, and personally related issues; but, simply take a look at the photo supplied with this AP article. Take a look at the black, hollow eyes, the pinched look and no doubt many layers of make-up; i.e., “war-paint” on Pelosi. She’s as phony as a $3 dollar bill. You too see those “inky” black, icy eyes. She reminds me of one of those people on the “X-File” series that’s been taken over by aliens. Some kind of oily substance with “predatory intelligence” takes over the human body and simply has a mandate to “dismiss” humankind with their presence;i.e, exterminate them!

    To me it’s hard to believe that anyone; i.e, “anyone” could be reduced to this level of zero-ethics and corruption; but you like myself, see it in front of your eyes!

    My recommendation for change is to simply make it a “mantra” that you will “not” re-elect anyone to Congress that’s there, in their next bid for re-election.

    Pelosi along with many, many other Dems and Republican incumbents need to hit the bricks…”plain and simple”!

    They are a “partisan cancer” that’s killing the United States of America!

    It may be too late though!

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. Rob Kezelis

    is absolutely disgusting? Today’s democrats in congress reminds me of Chicago under ye Olde Mayor Daley. The city flag had the symbol of an outstretched hand, the city motto was “Qua Est Mei?” (where’s mine?)

    They have no shame. I do believe they leave it at home before they land at Washington National.

  3. gene

    SO, is anyone out there in lala land USA surprised? Mabe the proverbia Joe6pack with his buldging wife (pregnant) and their 3 kids that live in a culture that almost gurrantees their stupidity for life. Of course their isn’t much time left anyway (don’t ask) just trust me….you know…checks in the mail. But this time it really is.

    How do I know this? Just ask yourself one question, ie. How much more worthless can the dollar become before its in negative value land? We are only fractions away, it (our economy…whats left of it) could implode tomorrow, sometime this year for sure.

    Ever heard of subprime loans, subprime implosion, ARMs, derivatives just to name a few unsavory financial instruments/methods. So congress continues what they have always done and this country continues to produce very little exportable goods but dam if we don’t continue to build houses and have babies.

    So, in summation…..each day is a good day until the shit hits the old fan and we ALL go down together, except a select few.

  4. Boudicca

    “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone; the people themselves are its only safe depositories.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    Folks, there are no differences between America’s two corrupt political parties. The “We the People” element of the political process is long gone as Congress is no more than a sordid backroom where lobbyists strike lucrative deals in exchange for having their campaign coffers filled with dirty money. Our politicians are owned lock, stock and barrel by the special interests who fund them.

    There is only one honest exception:


    Ron Paul is about the only member of Congress who consistently voted against the war and its funding. The rest of the rogues collapsed in a pork feast. Remember that when the criminal Bush asked for $95 billion for the war, the Dems just said OKAY but larded it up with $20-30 billion in pork.

    This is no way to run a country. This is no way to represent “We the People”. Over 70% of Americans want our troops home – NOW – and the Dems continue to sacrifice their lives for pork.

    The only hope for America is for the Dems and independent voters (me) to vote for Ron Paul in the Republican presidential primary.