Ohio will miss 'pork' funds from Congress | The Columbus Dispatch

In the ongoing fight over federal spending, nothing has taken more heat - or faces a greater long-term prospect of extinction - than the earmark. Full Story
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Retired

Columbus, OH

#62 Jul 4, 2011
mowerman wrote:
<quoted text> seems to always be money for war
We should take some of those billions we are spending to rebuild the other nations and rebuild our own. Our infrastructure is crumbling... THAT would put people to work and bring our troops home AND give them and others jobs. I do NOT advocate cutting funding that would put our troops in harm's way but we need to seriously think about HOW we spend the money we do spend. If WE benefit, it goes on the plus side of the ledger, if someone else benefits, at least THINK about it before we spend it.
Retired

Columbus, OH

#63 Jul 4, 2011
Been there Done That wrote:
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Of course, that ignores the fact that the military is one of the few things that the federal government is constitutionally mandated to fund and oversee. Most of the things other than the military, the foreign service, the post office, and the federal infrastructure isn't found in the Constitution as an area of responsibility of the feds. And since the Constitution says that anything not specifically listed in the Constitution as being a responsibility of the federal government is a responsibility of the states, then dumping the rest of the spending would be a better choice than cutting the spending for something they're actually supposed to be doing.
I take your point, but we're spending billions to rebuild other nations while we crumble around our ears. We blow it up, we rebuild, they blow it up, we rebuild...
Retired

Columbus, OH

#64 Jul 4, 2011
bumper sticker wrote:
It's a safety net, not a hammock.
So properly fund it so that oversight can occur (THERE would be a whole bunch of jobs) and the system can be cleaned up and out of those who use and abuse. In theory, the overhaul to welfare should have worked, it's been the implementation that sucks.
the truth

Newark, OH

#65 Jul 4, 2011
Libs are cying as he GOP has ct off the Obama stash of cash that used to be ours and our children and grand childrens. So now the losers on the left cry and cry, hope and change baby get used to the right taking back the USA from your pay top play enslave us all agenda.
Ohio Native

Columbus, OH

#66 Jul 4, 2011
the truth wrote:
Libs are cying as he GOP has ct off the Obama stash of cash that used to be ours and our children and grand childrens. So now the losers on the left cry and cry, hope and change baby get used to the right taking back the USA from your pay top play enslave us all agenda.
It is mentalities such as yours that take the glory of our nation and flushes it down the sewer.
the truth

Newark, OH

#67 Jul 4, 2011
Ohio Native wrote:
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It is mentalities such as yours that take the glory of our nation and flushes it down the sewer.
So calling Americans that love freedom adn stand up to the nazi marxist mao loving anti American left is " flusing it down the sewer " is it? Maybe yu and your man child marxist from Kenya would like to hang more Mao bulbs on all of our trees this xmas to hold up the millions killed under the man child and your hero while the Jews face the final act of Hitler. Now let me do as your man child told you to do " get in their face " as I and 90% of Americans have had it with you, Van Joens, Cass Sunsteon and his ulgy wife and the rest of the radicals in DC and will take no more. So come and get in our face and see what happens loser. The sewer is what you progressive soros scok puppets are doing to the USA and our children so swollow some more soros koolaid pal.
Black Lion

Columbus, OH

#68 Jul 4, 2011
Post Script wrote:
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He increased your assumed IQ by at least 130 pts.
Great post. This poster who calls himself blinded by the right is a delusional piece of work with a very high opinion of himself. I have been attacked by him and some of his fellow posters calling me names and worse and when someone mocks him then he blames me. He apparently doesn't realize when you denigrate the military service of a decorated Vietnam vet on the 4th of July that you p.is.s many people off at the same time. Someone is mocking him and it ain't me. He has done enough to damage his own credibility I have no need to add to it.
Black Lion

Columbus, OH

#70 Jul 4, 2011
WUT NEXT WATAMELONS AND GRAPE DRANK? DAYUM WHITE DEVILS!
herman

Tiffin, OH

#71 Jul 4, 2011
Know the Difference wrote:
Seems like many commentators here don't know the difference between "earmarks" and "pork spending". But then again, neither did the author of the article.
At times, there is little difference between pork and earmark spending.
herman

Tiffin, OH

#72 Jul 4, 2011
StealthisBlog wrote:
Many earmarks work this way: We are appropriating $100 million to agency X, and $300,000 of that must go to project Y. Sure some are extra money but much of it is just directing or "earmarking" some of that amount to a specific thing. Now if we get rid of them (say a moratorium for a few years)- money is still doled out to federal agencies - only now that agency gets to direct ALL the money according to its priorities. So, go on, insist on a moratorium and allow the President and his appointees to direct all the money however they choose!
Sen. McConnell (R-Kentucky), was very much against reining in earmarks, as they are one of the few tools that a party that doesn't control the White House can use to control where money goes.
Disallowing earmarks puts enormous power into the hands of the Executive and whoever they appoint to head the various departments of the government.
It was about two years ago, that Sen McConnell was dead set against the federal government giving aid to the states so that unemployment money could continue to be distributed to those who lost their jobs in the September 2008 financial debacle, yet he continues to support the tax breaks for the wealthy.

McConnell being opposed to ending earmarks sounds remarkably like Prez Reagan vetoing spending proprosals in the 1980's as 'wasteful'. The spending proposals were wasteful only because they were not written by republicans, who at that time, were the minority in Congress.

What an irony we have in Congress. Speaker Boehner wants to bring speding under control, but the idea is not fully supported by people such as McConnell. When will the good people of Kentucky vote this two faced flake McConnell out of office?
Wisdom from California

United States

#73 Jul 5, 2011
I'd like to personally thank Ohio for sending us $400 million of your bacon for the rail project.

Maybe it's time you guys stopped paying your politicians until they fix things, like we did out here in Cali.
ICU

Fairview Heights, IL

#74 Jul 6, 2011
Retired wrote:
<quoted text>
We should take some of those billions we are spending to rebuild the other nations and rebuild our own. Our infrastructure is crumbling... THAT would put people to work and bring our troops home AND give them and others jobs. I do NOT advocate cutting funding that would put our troops in harm's way but we need to seriously think about HOW we spend the money we do spend. If WE benefit, it goes on the plus side of the ledger, if someone else benefits, at least THINK about it before we spend it.
There is a plan to do that right now
http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/the...
J Sidney McCain

Spring Hill, FL

#75 Jul 6, 2011
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is wound too tightly.
He needs to rip a good loud fart and be told a dirty joke to loosen up a little and at least get a smirk on his face.
Just Saying

Westerville, OH

#76 Jul 6, 2011
The main issue is, on both sides, they are using the budget and funds politically, instead of sitting down and looking at permenant changes that would save money.

Why are government services, like the postal service open 6 days a week, cut it down to 5. With fedex/ups, there is no reason the USPS needs to be open every day. Some states have cut government office hours to 4 days a week to save, why aren't all levels and states looking at that it saves money. You can't do it with everything, but would society crumble if the DMV was open Weds.-Sat. for 10 hours a day?

Instead of looking at simple changes that would save a lot of money first, that do not involve politics, they would rather fight over the funding of a politically charged service like planned parenthood and ignore the simple changes that will not win or lose them an election, but help all taxpayers.
Retired

Columbus, OH

#77 Jul 6, 2011
Just Saying wrote:
The main issue is, on both sides, they are using the budget and funds politically, instead of sitting down and looking at permenant changes that would save money.
Why are government services, like the postal service open 6 days a week, cut it down to 5. With fedex/ups, there is no reason the USPS needs to be open every day. Some states have cut government office hours to 4 days a week to save, why aren't all levels and states looking at that it saves money. You can't do it with everything, but would society crumble if the DMV was open Weds.-Sat. for 10 hours a day?
Instead of looking at simple changes that would save a lot of money first, that do not involve politics, they would rather fight over the funding of a politically charged service like planned parenthood and ignore the simple changes that will not win or lose them an election, but help all taxpayers.
Totally agree. They're all too busy pointing fingers and blame at anyone other then themselves when in truth, they're ALL to blame. If they'd quit the grandstanding and work together on what is best for the collective United States, we'd all be better off. Compromise is NOT a dirty word.

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