Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Masters of Earmarks

During our last meeting, Massud spoke for most of us when he made a funny comment about the upcoming elections. He said something along the lines of "I hate having to choose between a guy who wants to stay in Iraq God knows for how long, and a leftist for whom most people are voting because he's 'cute'. "
No prizes for guessing who is who, but here is one reason to support the former:

"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure more than $340 million worth of home-state projects in last year's spending bills, placing her among the top 10 Senate recipients of what are commonly known as earmarks, according to a new study by a nonpartisan budget watchdog group.
Working with her New York colleagues in nearly every case, Clinton supported almost four times as much spending on earmarked projects as her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), whose $91 million total placed him in the bottom quarter of senators who seek earmarks, the study showed.
Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the likely GOP presidential nominee, was one of five senators to reject earmarks entirely, part of his long-standing view that such measures prompt needless spending."
Source: Washington Post.

I can add another super-heavyweight earmark-master to the list- John Murtha.