Spending isn't answer

Spending isn't answer

There are 47 comments on the GoErie.com story from Mar 8, 2009, titled Spending isn't answer. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

The new acronym in politics is "T.A.R.P.," and it might be better described as "The Absolute Reprehensible Project." In the early 1930s, a similar package called "The New Deal" was rammed through Congress.

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Hap

West Chester, OH

#46 Mar 10, 2009
Martha wrote:
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Then fix the banks and get the economy moving.
Stop giving our tax dollars to every Earmark that the Dems feel got slighted the past 8+ years!
Republican hypocrites take the earmarked money too: Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi tops the list, with $470 million in earmarks for himself and his colleagues. Next up is Cochran's seatmate—Republican Roger Wicker, hitting the scales at $390 million. Two Democrats—Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Tom Harkin of Iowa—come in at Nos. 3 and 4, before Republican David Vitter of Louisiana rounds out the top five. Of the top 10, six are Republicans
tombo

Edinboro, PA

#47 Mar 10, 2009
Hap wrote:
<quoted text>Republican hypocrites take the earmarked money too: Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi tops the list, with $470 million in earmarks for himself and his colleagues. Next up is Cochran's seatmate—Republican Roger Wicker, hitting the scales at $390 million. Two Democrats—Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Tom Harkin of Iowa—come in at Nos. 3 and 4, before Republican David Vitter of Louisiana rounds out the top five. Of the top 10, six are Republicans
I like how they spend 99% of the time railing on about 1% of the budget...and the whole time they conveniently forget that have their hand out just as far.
Realist

Pittsburgh, PA

#48 Mar 10, 2009
Hap wrote:
<quoted text>Republican hypocrites take the earmarked money too: Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi tops the list, with $470 million in earmarks for himself and his colleagues. Next up is Cochran's seatmate—Republican Roger Wicker, hitting the scales at $390 million. Two Democrats—Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Tom Harkin of Iowa—come in at Nos. 3 and 4, before Republican David Vitter of Louisiana rounds out the top five. Of the top 10, six are Republicans
Why are your numbers so different from Taxpayers for Common Sense's numbers?

1) Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.--$122,804,900
2) Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.--$114,484,250
3) Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo.--$85,691,491
4) Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.--$76,899,425
5) Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.--$75,908,475
6) Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska --$74,000,750
7) Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa --$66,860,000
8) Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.--$53,133,500
9) Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.--$51,186,000
10) Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii --$46,380,205
11) Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.--$39,228,250
12) Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.--$36,547,100
13) Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt.--$36,161,125
14) Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.--$35,577,250
15) Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.--$27,169,750
16) Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.--$26,628,613
17) Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa.--$25,320,000
18) Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis.--$23,832,000
19) Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.--$21,952,250
20) Former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.--$19,588,625
tombo

Edinboro, PA

#49 Mar 10, 2009
Realist wrote:
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Why are your numbers so different from Taxpayers for Common Sense's numbers?
1) Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.--$122,804,900
2) Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.--$114,484,250
3) Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo.--$85,691,491
4) Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.--$76,899,425
5) Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.--$75,908,475
6) Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska --$74,000,750
7) Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa --$66,860,000
8) Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.--$53,133,500
9) Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.--$51,186,000
10) Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii --$46,380,205
11) Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.--$39,228,250
12) Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.--$36,547,100
13) Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt.--$36,161,125
14) Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.--$35,577,250
15) Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.--$27,169,750
16) Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.--$26,628,613
17) Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa.--$25,320,000
18) Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis.--$23,832,000
19) Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.--$21,952,250
20) Former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.--$19,588,625
I'm not sure where the discrepency is. Here's an article sourcing Taxpayers for Common sense where Vitter and Landriew of LA earmarked over 350 million (placing them 4th and 6th on the list of porkers), but they don't even make your top 20.

http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf...

Is one cumulative, while the other is just this omnibus?
Ted

United States

#50 Mar 11, 2009
I'm not sure either are all that accurate!
How can they list our PA Senators seperately and give one credit for the pork over the other. CongressPeople, yes - because the $ can be traced to a district.
tombo

Edinboro, PA

#52 Mar 11, 2009
Ted wrote:
I'm not sure either are all that accurate!
How can they list our PA Senators seperately and give one credit for the pork over the other. CongressPeople, yes - because the $ can be traced to a district.
They actually have to put their name on the pork product in question and insert it into the bill. These things don't just magically appear.
Ted

United States

#53 Mar 11, 2009
tombo wrote:
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They actually have to put their name on the pork product in question and insert it into the bill. These things don't just magically appear.
Actually, yes they do magically appear. That was one of the problems both Obama and McCain talked about during the campaign - earmarks that no one would claim.

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