Republicans these days are whining about Obama's stimulus package and the recent omnibus bill. Both passed easily through the House due to the Democratic majority and squeaked through the Senate with the bare minimum of Republican votes. The Republicans complained loudly about all the excess spending the Democrats rammed through over their objections, but according to a Wall Street Journal article, many Republicans are taking credit for funding projects in their state . I suspect that despite all the public whining and all the no votes, the Republican Senators as a group made sure that there were enough votes to allow passage of the legislation.
And what about the governors? Some of them are whining too. South Carolina's Republican governor has been very vocal in his objections to the Stimulus, saying it's wasteful, and he's even talking about refusing part of it. That's laughable considering the state already gets more money from the US government than it pays in. All this while the state suffers from a huge budget deficit and a pitiful public school system.
Despite voting no to the Omnibus bill and complaining again about the wasteful government spending, the Republicans congresspersons made sure they appended their favorite earmarks. Oh wait, I thought they were against earmarks! My mistake.
I got the following from a Tulsa World newspaper web page. Despite all his whining, looks like Senator Jim Inhofe is a major earmarker. My Republican senator, Tom Coburn, had none, doesn't belive in them. He's a good one; I wish he'd run for president.
A few quotes from the article:
...The group Taxpayers for Common Sense says the bill includes 8,570 earmarked projects for lawmakers' home districts at a cost of $7.7 billion...
... Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., got more than $58 million in home-state projects, either in requests he made alone or in collaboration with other lawmakers...
...Republican Sen.Tom Coburn is opposed to earmarks. He didn't request any...
...Inhofe, who also voted against the $787 billion stimulus bill, said "spending in Washington is out of control."...
Sen. Jim Inhofe, Republican
Rep. Dan Boren, Democrat
Rep. Tom Cole, Republican
Rep. Mary Fallin, Republican
Rep. Frank Lucas, Republican
Rep. John Sullivan, Republican