The RINOs are stirring on Capitol Hill and they are angry. The angry RINOs are the big spenders who are in positions of authority.
What are they angry about?
They are angry that many of the Republican rank and file and even a few in the Republican leadership broke ranks recently on a spending bill and voted against it.
Before Thanksgiving, the House passed a small appropriations bill. In Washington-speak, it was called a “mini-bus.” The full appropriations bill is called an “omnibus-spending bill.”
The bill passed but 101 Republicans broke with the leadership and voted against the bill. It passed with massive support from the Democrats.
Now, House appropriators, in other words, the one’s responsible for spending decisions on Capitol Hill are worried and now want John Boehner to crack the whip and get Republicans in line to support these spending bills.
When the “mini-bus” came up for a vote, 101 Republicans, including Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Policy Chairman Tom Price voted against it.
RINO big spender Hal Rogers of Kentucky is throwing a hissy fit worthy of Barney Frank. He and other Republican appropriators are complaining that they are not getting the support they need from Republicans as they try to spend the country into bankruptcy. They have gone to John Boehner and demanded that Boehner pressure the GOP 101 who had the good sense to vote against out of control spending, to now support a spending bill that is worthy of Nancy Pelosi.
Well good for the GOP 101!
Some of the folks we sent to Washington actually have a clue.
The problem is the spending. A year ago, as the Republicans swept into power, no one wanted to be one of the appropriators. No one wanted to be associated with the problem that we identified and sent new people to Washington to address.
My how things change in only a few months.
Once John Boehner was convinced he had enough of the new GOP Freshmen in his pocket to guarantee his job, it has been back to business as usual.
Under John Boehner, the only difference between the Republicans and the Democrats is the Republicans want to spend only a little less than the Democrats.
Is that why we the people put the Republicans back in charge of the House of Representatives?
The good news here is there appears to be a fracture in the GOP in the House of Representatives and that is something we can exploit.
Every Tea Party supporter and every Tea Party group should reach out immediately to their individual Congressman and to all of the Representatives in your area. The message is simple. Cut spending.
While many of the Congressmen will be concerned about what the leadership will do to them, they are more concerned about the voters. If the voters turn against them, they will not have to worry about the leadership because they won’t be in Congress anymore.
The Omnibus-spending bill is going to be voted on sometime in December. The bill is going to be loaded with pork barrel projects and massive, wasteful spending. Not only will it not address our spending problem, it will make it worse.
We need to be all over our Congressmen and ask them to vote against the bill. With the support of Democrats, the bill will probably pass. Stopping the bill is probably not possible, but is certainly worth trying for.
Reforming the GOP so that next year and the year after, they stop the insane spending is the goal.
Its good to know that there is at least one person who will consistently vote against this type of spending: Ron Paul. My local rep is not one of the 101 and I will be working to get her out.
Paul remains near the top of those who belly up to the trough. Interestingly, Boehner and McLame are among the few who never put in for pork! Sorry, no time to find links for you.
Ron Paul's pork from FY 2009:
• $250,000 for Galveston Economic Development Partnership, for Galveston Center for Business and Technology Development to help spin off private investment at National Lab of the University of Texas Medical Branch
• $500,000 for City of Bay City for NuBlac Rehab Center (youth rehabilitation)
Subcommittee on Defense:
• $3.5 million for study of health risks of exposure to vanadium
Subcommittee on Military Construction:
• $2 million for City of Bay City for NuBlac Rehab Center (serving minority veterans)
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development:
• $41.073 million for Army Corps of Engineers to deepen and widen Texas City Channel
• $21.6 million for Army Corps of Engineers to dredge and reconfigure jetties at mouth of Colorado River
• $7.02 million for Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Freeport Harbor
• $16.021 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Galveston Harbor
• $1 million for Army Corps of Engineers for construction at Cedar Bayou
• $3.297 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Texas City Channel
• $200,000 for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Cedar Bayou
• $13.038 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Matagorda Ship Channel
• $42.018 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Gulf Intercoastal Waterway
• $3.026 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain channel to Victoria
• $600,000 for Army Corps of Engineers for feasibility study for Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay
• $400,000 for Army Corps of Engineers for feasibility study for Feeport Harbor
• $100,000 for Army Corps of Engineers for feasibility study for Lower Guadalupe River Basin
• $400,000 for Army Corps of Engineers for preliminary engineering and design study at Freeport Harbor.
• $21.7 million for Army Corps of Engineers for construction at Houston Galveston Navigation Channel
• $2.165 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Trinity River
• $6.979 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Wallisville Lake
• $1.3 million for Army Corps of Engineers to study flooding around Colorado River
• $11 million for Army Corps of Engineers for construction at Wharton and Onion Creek
• $3.026 million for Army Corps of Engineers for Chocolate Bayou
• $533,000 for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain channel to Port Bolivar
• $41.623 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Houston Ship Channel
• $1.01 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Double Bayou
• $3 million for Army Corps of Engineers for construction at Clear Creek
• $500,000 for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Port Palacios
• $100,000 for Army Corps of Engineers to study sand placement near Brazoria County shoreline
Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment:
• $5 million for Fort Bend County for City of Kendleton water and sewer improvements
Subcommittee on Homeland Security:
• $10 million for Coast Guard to improve Galveston Rail Causeway
• $8.8 million for FEMA for drainage at Cove Harbor in Aransas County
• $2.2 million for FEMA to reconfigure and stabilize Capano Causeway Pier
• $500,000 for FEMA for Aransas County drainage master plan
• $35 million for FEMA for drainage in Friendswood
• $10 million for FEMA for drainage project for Friendswood/Clear Creek
• $10 million for FEMA for drainage project for Friendswood/Clear Creek
• $5 million for FEMA to recycle household hazardous waste in Friendswood
Subcommittee on Transportation:
• $1.96 million to replace buses in and around Victoria
• $2 million to renovate transit maintenance facility in Galveston
• $5 million to reconfigure Texas Clipper training ship
• $25,000 to install security cameras at Fox Run Apartments in Victoria
• $2 million to beautify Galveston Seawall and support Transit Access Program in Galveston
• $3.6 million to construct inter-modal transit facility in Victoria
• $3.5 million for analysis of commuter rail alternatives in Galveston
• $10.3 million for City of Bay City for NuBlac Youth/Community Center
• $2.2 million for City of Bay City for improvements to electrical wiring in low and moderate income housing
Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education:
• $90,000 for Victoria Chamber of Commerce for business/career-related education for youth
• $248,942 for UTMB for employee wellness program for small businesses
• $1.748 million for University of Houston-Victoria for DNA testing and genetic diagnostic lab
• $300,000 for Bay City MEHOP for fund reinstatement of mobile unit
• $200,000 for Bay City MEHOP to recruit nurse practitioner
• $1.92 million for UTMB to study muscle mass loss in aging vs. microgravity (NASA related) at International Space Station National Lab
• $750,000 for Houston Memorial Hermann HealthCare system for Life Flight operations center
• $26 million for Washington, D.C. “Reading is Fundamental” program
• $10 million for Boston, Mass., “Reach Out and Read” national center
And here's a link with respect to Paul love of pork:
Sir I think you have your terminology wrong. All of the things you reference above are earmarks. Pork is different. An earmark is appropriating how funds are to be spent in your district. Without those earmarks, the same amount of money that has already been granted for your district would be be spent however the executive branch sees fit. With this in mind, Ron Paul is truly representing his district. For those specific bills, even though he has added earmarks, how many did he vote against?
The argument about pork comes into play when the projects where funds are earmarked for are projects that are specific to guaranteeing votes or are for companies to which the earmarker will make money off of. Looking through your list, I see very few that are not of benefit to the people in his district. So looking at a list of earmarks that a representative has in a spending bill needs to be put in context. An earmark in and of itself is not pork.
Jim, read what you wrote then check out Wikipedia. How are Ron Paul's earmarks not pork?
Jordan, Ron Paul, no doubt, is a qualified man, however, he does not connect with the voters, and therefore, he is not electable. Voting for Ron Paul is a vote for BH Obama.
You are absolutely right! The folks who vote for Ron Paul are throwing their votes in the wind. Paul is unelectable simply and mostly because he wants to "make nice" with the folks in the middle east who want to kill us.
If he should by some ungodly fluke ever get to be a candidate and thereby MAY BE elected - we are indeed in deep sh--! This guy will decimate our military which is our ONLY protection and surety that we won't be run over by the camel-herding barbarian hordes. WAKE UP PEOPLE - what good does all of Paul's other supposedly attractive positions amount to if we're all annihilated?
I keep hearing the Ron Paul is not electable and then people push that the other candidates known to be flip floppers, establishment elites, proponents of amnesty and globalism are.
Are you that much into the mainstream media that you are no longer capable of critical thought? Every single candidate said that the patriot act needs to be expanded except RP.
RP is #1 or 2 on polling in the Iowa caucuses and is in the top 3 in the NH caucuses. He speaks sense and constitutionality and he is not electable?
He also polls ahead of Obama head to head, so get over that argument.
Pork? Earmarks? What difference does it make?
It's ALL federal money that came from taxation!
Has anyone added this up?
"It's ALL federal money"?There ain't no federal money, It's OUR money, Jeff!
Earmarks are pork, redistributing OUR money. In highly unconstitutional ways.
Thanks for the link, David D Hall. I'd not seen this extensive list of Paul Pork in '09
One of the most logically complete articles is Ron Paul's personal pork projects.
It's a good article. The contortions he goes through to justify the waste of OUR money is amazing!
Worse than Obama, in many ways, IMHO.
Let me be the first to welcome you to TPN, Jordan Whitson!
"that came from taxation"
Illegally, unconstitutionally. For spending NOT authorized by the US Constitution.