John Boehner (R-OH), oft lauded among conservative bloggers in our state, is asking his party to “make sacrifices” in order to “sell” the Republican agenda in the fall elections. What sacrifices is John asking his party mates to make?
one-year moratorium on earmarks for all Republicans
Republicans use earmarks? I am SHOCKED! Shocked, I say! I thought this was the exclusive domain of big government Democrats! Republicans? Earmarks? NO WAY!
and a litany of smaller guidelines to curtail wasteful earmarks or member-requested projects that benefit campaign contributors or other private entities.
Republicans request money to benefit their campaign contributors? NO! This can’t be right. I want to object to the premise right here and right now. Not the conservative Republicans! Republicans?! Pay to play?! This has to be a typo!
The best part of it all is this plea by Boehner:
?We’re here today to ask ourselves: Are Republicans the party that can fix Washington? If so, what sacrifices are we willing to make to PROVE we are that party? We cannot do this without being bold and putting forth fresh solutions. ?
Um, no. You guys are the ones who screwed it up, John. Remember?
The three top House leaders — Speaker J. Dennis Hastert , majority leader John A. Boehner , and majority whip Roy Blunt , all Republicans — have not cast a single vote against any of the projects that have been challenged by fiscal conservatives on the House floor. One of the projects — $2.5 million for the Illinois Technology Transition Center — was sought by Hastert himself and was affirmed quickly on a voice vote.
Among the other earmarks that Hastert, Boehner, and Blunt have supported were $500,000 to renovate a municipal swimming pool in Banning, Calif.; $250,000 for a performing arts center in Plattsburgh, N.Y.; $1 million for a locomotive demonstration in Pennsylvania; $1 million for the Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association; $180,000 for tomato production in Ohio; and $1.4 million in two separate earmarks for Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.
That was in July 2006. 4 months later John would have a come to Jesus meeting with the voters. I guess we should consider him born again. Or something. The message? We only act right to get elected. The rest of the time we are gonna rip you off. That’s the New Conservative. Hypocrisy knows no bounds. Pssst. John. It’s too late buddy. You had the House, Senate, and White House and you accomplished squadoosh. NOW you wanna control budgets? I think Carole has a little somethin’ for ya: