>But Let’s Talk About Marsh Mice

>Ach. Tennessee’s Republican (and Democratic) representatives–with a few notable exceptions–apparently loaded up some recent bills with those loathesome “earmarks,” then voted against the bills, which passed anyway:

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander sponsored or co-sponsored 40 requests totaling $83.2 million in 2009, by far the most of any member of the Tennessee delegation.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker put his name on 23 projects totaling $60.8 million, followed by Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Chattanooga, with 14 projects valued at $38.6 million. In Middle Tennessee, Rep. John Tanner, D-Union City, won $25.6 million worth of projects; Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Pall Mall, had $23.1 million; and Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Murfreesboro, had $9.7 million.

More than half the value of the Tennessee projects came from requests sponsored by one or more members who, on final passage, voted against the funding bills containing the projects.

So now they get to take credit for being “fiscally responsible” by voting against the bills, and reap the rewards of the local “pork” they loaded them with. Sweet!

Look, I don’t have anything against earmarks in principle, and I don’t know the specifics of these projects that Alexander, Corker, Wamp, et. al. funded. For all I know, they’re worthwhile investments. I just think it’s a little hypocritical for Republicans and Blue Dog Dems to treat earrmarks as a big negative when liberal Democrats supposedly use them, then use them themselves and hide the evidence. It’s a little wishy washy.


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4 responses to “>But Let’s Talk About Marsh Mice

  1. >Wishy washy or status quo?These people never let hypocrisy stop them before. It is as if the video cameras and their voting record make absolutely no difference.And it doesn't, really. Until we all wake up.Alexander is a POS and unworthy. But this true for most all of them.

  2. >That's not a little wishy-washy. It's weasely. Just what we expect from the Republicans these days.

  3. >The New Oath of Office: "Who Cares What You Think". Really just more of the same from the Congress Party. Bob 'n Weave, duck, dissemble, lie, cheat, and steal. Once elected, its a never-ending gravy train for anybody elected. If called upon to actually vote, never be the first to lay your finger on the button. Wait to see which way the vote will go and then commit. Or not. Who cares either way. If anybody calls you on a crucial vote… lie. Chances are that lie will never be challenged or discovered and if it is… who cares what you think? They pick up their paychecks same as the rest of us. But from that point on, its one big floating crap game for them. Gut the place in 2010. Proud Socialist

  4. >Wait to see which way the vote will go and then commit.Or, wait which way to see the wind blows …