Your morning jolt: The earmark that Tom Graves didn’t request

The National Journal has toted up the 2010 earmark requests by the 52 members of Congress who form the Tea Party Caucus:

According to a Hotline review of records compiled by Citizens Against Government Waste, the 52 members of the caucus, which pledges to cut spending and reduce the size of government, requested a total of 764 earmarks valued at $1,049,783,150 during Fiscal Year 2010, the last year for which records are available.

“It’s disturbing to see the Tea Party Caucus requested that much in earmarks. This is their time to put up or shut up, to be blunt,” said David Williams, vice president for policy at Citizens Against Government Waste. “There’s going to be a huge backlash if they continue to request earmarks.”

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, backed $16.1 million in earmarks.

Three members of the Georgia delegation, U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Tom Price of Roswell, and Lynn Westmoreland of Coweta County, showed up as “zeroes” in the National Journal assessment.

Tom Graves of Ranger, who was first elected in June on the strength of his tea party credentials, was originally linked by the National Journal to an earmark worth $8,331,000.

But according to Graves’ office, that earmark belongs to U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, a Republican from Missouri. The National Journal admits that it goofed, and has already made the fix.

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A decision on who the next chairman of the House Appropriations Committee won’t come until next week, we’re told. In the meantime, expect to see U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, the candidate of many fiscal conservatives, every time you flick your TV remote. He was on MSNBC’ “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on Tuesday – arguing against today’s vote in the U.S. House on the Bush tax cuts:

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota made his second trip to Georgia since the Nov. 2 elections this week. The official reason for the visit of the possible presidential contender was a seminar on tort reform orchestrated by Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus.

But Pawlenty continued laying the groundwork for a 2012 run in meetings with potential supporters, including – so we hear – state Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, and Republican strategist Tom Perdue.

Pawlenty will be here a third time next month, as part of a book tour. Not that anyone’s counting.

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The state Capitol is four floors of empty space in December. Vacant. Vacuous. Hollow, even. Even so, the state Senate’s new ruling Committee on Assignments couldn’t find an empty conference room to hold an organizational meeting today. Six of its members have decamped to the 191 Club in downtown Atlanta. And no, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s two appointees were not invited. Because this is how power-sharing works.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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72 comments Add your comment

ROBOCOP

December 2nd, 2010
10:00 am

Well, there you go. It’s nice to know that these so-called “less government/less spending” advocates have learned how to talk out of both sides of their mouths. I guess we can expect to continue to hear all this Obama bashing about spending us into the poor house while they still believe the no earmarks/no spending b_ lls_ _t applies only to democrats.

I’m going to enjoy the next 2 years.

Cliff

December 2nd, 2010
10:25 am

I guess the Georgia Senate Committee on Assignments is not vying for the “Transparency in Government” award next term. Good ol’ boys meeting in the smoke-filled rooms of a private club to decide what bills have a chance to be heard. That’s democracy at work!

DannyX

December 2nd, 2010
10:26 am

191 Club!! LOL.

I hear they serve an awesome cup of Tea there. Real silver and everything. What a great place for a Tea Party.

How many lumps would you like?

“We the People” LOL

td

December 2nd, 2010
10:28 am

ROBOCOP

December 2nd, 2010
10:00 am

Less government and less spending is correct. I think we should do away with half the functions of the federal government and send those functions back to the states or not do them at all.

Oh Intown Writer...

December 2nd, 2010
10:43 am

The functions have already fallen to the States, b/c less $$ from the Feds so the States have to make up the difference, etc…
I agree – less government spending. Let the poor and middle class die as we cut their medical care, food stamps, housing assitance, etc.
Back to the good old days before the New Deal, when poor white people lived in tents on the sides of the roads and their children died of a combination of malnutrition and disease.
Christian nation indeed.

Just Nasty & Mean

December 2nd, 2010
10:43 am

Casey Cagle—You made your bed. Now lay in it.

The Snark

December 2nd, 2010
10:48 am

Great idea, TD! I didn’t realize that we could solve such difficult problems so easily.

Now, just give us your list of programs to cut, and then get your Republican and Tea Party friends to support them.

Now that shouldn’t be difficult, should it?

td

December 2nd, 2010
11:00 am

Oh Intown Writer…

December 2nd, 2010
10:43 am

Maybe it is a good idea to tell the poor that if you can not afford to live then do not have children? You know, personal responsibility. Maybe we need to send the message that if you do not get an education, do drugs, become a drunk and choose to have children outside wedlock then you will become poor and live “in tents on the side of the road”? You know decisions made have consequences to be paid? Maybe we need to tell people that having a good relationship with the family and having a good church family is important and one really needs to have to learn to work with other people and not go around pissing the world off because you may need some charity one day?

Just some thoughts.

DannyX

December 2nd, 2010
11:13 am

“Maybe we need to tell people that having a good relationship with the family and having a good church family…”

How do we do this? By parading a young unwed mother around “Dancing With the Stars?” Dress her up in some sexy outfits? Have her shake her stuff in front of the camera?

Our wonderful message to under aged girls? Its okay to have sex, have a baby, and go ahead and skip that whole marriage thingy.

Keith

December 2nd, 2010
11:28 am

If Jeff Mullis is endorsing Pawlenty, then he has no shot at the presidency. Mullis’ track record of picking presidential contenders is bad – really bad. Mullis was a John McCain fan for years. How’d that work out for you Jeff?

Retired Soldier

December 2nd, 2010
11:31 am

DannyX-

If that was my daughter she would not have been on that show. None the less, the Palin family has taken responsibliity for the child, neither has become a burden to the state and I can’t believe you think the girl should have married that idiot with the stunts he has pulled.

Bottomline, this teen unwed mother has a better ending than most. You need to find a new example.

td

December 2nd, 2010
11:43 am

The Snark

December 2nd, 2010
10:48 am

How about starting with the Federal DOE?

catlady

December 2nd, 2010
11:50 am

Retired Soldier (thank you for your service): I can’t believe you think the idiot (stupid boy) should have considered marrying a girl who has pulled the stunts she has pulled (including flaunting herself on that dance show, among many other things). A good ending–I really doubt it. And I am willing to bet her maternity care was paid by the people of Alaska, like a number of her parents’ expenses have been. Worthless, low class people.

td

December 2nd, 2010
11:50 am

DannyX

December 2nd, 2010
11:13 am
“Maybe we need to tell people that having a good relationship with the family and having a good church family…”

How do we do this? By parading a young unwed mother around “Dancing With the Stars?” Dress her up in some sexy outfits? Have her shake her stuff in front of the camera?

Our wonderful message to under aged girls? Its okay to have sex, have a baby, and go ahead and skip that whole marriage thingy.

I think the story line there is that if you have a baby out of wedlock then you need to get your but out there and go to work and support your family. If I am not mistaken she received $385,000 for dancing, plus if I am not mistaken she has family that is taking care of her and the child. Family instead of government is the message.

Retired Soldier

December 2nd, 2010
11:56 am

Catlady- My service was a pleasure, thank you. You need to hate a bit less, I am not condoning what Bristol has done, but it certaining is less what the boy, forgot his name, has done. Best of my knowledge Palin left the employ of the state not long after the birth.

I didn’t say a good ending catlady, I said a better ending than most in similar situations.

DannyX

December 2nd, 2010
12:06 pm

Bottomline?

The bottom line is that Republicans are destroying our culture. Look at the state of college football, worshiped here in the South. Everyday we hear of yet another incident. Tolerated and accepted as long as “WE’RE NUMBER ONE!!!”

Look at the college football uniform pants. Would you wear that in public? Heck no. They make ballet pants look manly. A real conservative would declare these uniforms obscene.

Then there is Bristol, selling underage sex on PRIME TIME public airwaves.

Wear a diaper have sex with a lady of the evening- Get elected US Senator (Republican).

Conservative Fox showing “Family Guy”

Disgusting.

pete

December 2nd, 2010
12:10 pm

Im sure it was paid by the good folks of Alaska.goverment employee has goverment paid insurance thingy.Lets not forget they all work for the same goverment thingy.The only difference is they lie in bed with corporate buisness thingy.

DannyX

December 2nd, 2010
12:15 pm

If I see a ‘Bristol Palin Doll’ for sale at Wal Mart this Christmas season I think I will throw up.

What kind of sounds would this doll make after “pulling her string?”

What skimpy outfits would be included.

Would there be a Levi Johnston accessory?

Retired Soldier

December 2nd, 2010
12:15 pm

DannyX-

Your hate is disgusting. You need help and soon.

pete

December 2nd, 2010
12:22 pm

this is a lie this is not the 2 percent of people they are talking about small buisness!. This is about 2 percent of the very very rich.If anyone would really care to check out tax breaks now for small buisness is not bad and have even got more under Obama so stop lying!

td

December 2nd, 2010
12:41 pm

For all my liberal friends out here, I will define for you what most conservatives see is the role of the federal government. Everything else (including the tax money) should come back to the state.

1: Defense of the nation.
2: Boarder security (which we are not doing very well).
3: Foreign policy
4: interstate commerce (just making sure the states play fair with each other, not dictating what the states should do)
5: Making sure everyone’s rights as guaranteed in the Bill of rights is protected.

DWTOO

December 2nd, 2010
1:32 pm

td – agree with you on the personal responsibility angle, but, the problem is they’re kids who had no chance. You can’t pick your parents and both of us were blessed to have a pair that cared. Unfortunately some don’t. And where charities can’t handle it I think the government is the only rememdy. There’s too much wealth in this country to let children starve.

GT/MIT

December 2nd, 2010
1:39 pm

In fiscal year 2010, according to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government spent $3.46 trillion while running a deficit of $1.29 trillion. Meanwhile, CAGW says earmarks accounted for $16.5 billion in federal spending, and OMB says they accounted for $11.1 billion.

So, before you progressives become overly enamored with your subsidiary democrats take note: The overwhelming majority of democrats opposed the earmark ban with only 8 republicans opposing, while only 7 democrats supported the ban. You do the math

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

December 2nd, 2010
2:16 pm

I’ve been watching Retired Soldier for months. He plays the “Your hate is disgusting” card whenever someone points out the hypocrisy of conservatives, but never notices his own acts of hatred.

Ironic really.

DannyX

December 2nd, 2010
2:28 pm

What math GT/MIT?

Maybe you don’t understand the point. My guess is you do, you are very, very, smart. Perhaps even a genius.

Now go ahead and re-write your 1:39. This time leave out the math. This time concentrate on the issue, the complete and utter ’success’ of the Tea Party to deliver the goods. Bring home the bacon. 1 BILLION in pork for the saviors of the budget.

Be sure to leave out the retired Tea Party talking points. “balanced budget’ ‘How are you going to pay for it’ “Its not the job of the Fed” “We will end up like Europe” “blah,blah,blah…”

Hopey! Changey!

Retired Soldier

December 2nd, 2010
2:37 pm

Burr-

I don’t hate liberals, I disagree with them, big difference. I have a belief system that I try very hard not to stray from. I would be happy for you to show me when I have vilified a child like B. Palin.

Nice try Burr, no bananas.

GT/MIT

December 2nd, 2010
2:43 pm

@ aaron burr v mexico

Let me try to get this straight, you see the whacky rants by this DannyX guy about football uniforms and his seeming obsession with Bristol Palin dolls as somehow pointing out conservative hypocrisy.
I see it as pointing out that he probably has a short somewhere in his control circuitry.

What I find even more troubling is your statement, “Ive been watching Retired Soldier for months”. Thats really weird and it has nothing to do with earmarks, except for the offhand chance that it might be referring to the empty space between your ears.

KJ

December 2nd, 2010
3:01 pm

The posts on this blog is a perfect example of what is wrong with our society (I am including the left, the right and independents). Instead of a discussion on the subject of earmarks submitted by those who support reduced spedning, people are here debating Bristol Palin. Who cares regardless which side of the fence you sit on? Bristol Palin and Lindsey Lohan have one thing in common. They are irrelevant. The important issue regarding earmarks has been reduced to teenage banter about 15 min reality show contestant! The same thing happens in Washington regardless of who is in power.

EUROPEAN

December 2nd, 2010
3:05 pm

MY FRIEND BACK HOME CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY AMERICANS THINK THEY CAN GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.THE FACT THAT THEY WANT THE STRONGEST MILITARY,BETTER ROADS,BEST HEALTH CARE ETC.AND DON’T PAY HIGHER TAXES.WHEN IT WAS PLAN THAT WHEN RONALD REAGAN LOWERED TAXES HE PASSED THAT BIG DEFICET TO BUSH #1.THEY’RE NOT SMART PEOPLE.IS THAT WHY THEY WENT FROM #1 IN EDUCATION TO #12.I HAD NO ANSWER FOR HIM.

DannyX

December 2nd, 2010
3:05 pm

“whacky rants by this DannyX guy about football uniforms”

Whacky? I happen to think football uniform pants are obscene and should be banned. They are nasty. Nothing worse than getting the backside of Tom Brady seared into your memory. Much worse than the Super Bowl Halftime a few years back. Football pants are like chaps. They should blur out the image like they do on other shows.

Think of the children watching. In HI DEF!! The morals our public schools are teaching our kids by allowing this is not something I want to support with my tax dollars. Shame on you UGA. And shame on Georgia Tech, the light colored pants reveal EVERYTHING!

Move football to cable where it belongs. Rated R

DannyX

December 2nd, 2010
3:10 pm

Okay. So we have ruled out the Bristol Palin Doll.

How about a “Short-Skirted Atlanta Gas Light Lobbyist Doll”?????

Or maybe a “Change Me, Vitter Doll”

Would these be good moral representatives for our young children?

Retired?

GT/MIT

December 2nd, 2010
3:11 pm

@DannyX

Danny boy, does your mommy know your trying to use the computer again?

Road Scholar

December 2nd, 2010
3:13 pm

KJ: Yeah, the majority of our citizens have an attention span of 30 seconds, and with that, they believe themselves to be authourities on every subject! Just watch the news at night…except for PBS. No history, culture, pro/con debate, consensus building etc.

markie mark

December 2nd, 2010
3:18 pm

@ Danny….at least the Tea party is trying to clean up the mess. Those 8 R’s that voted for earmarks? That wont be forgotten in two years. Why dont you try going after the 40+ D’s that voted for earmarks? You are one of those one trick ponys that only complain about the other side. Try doing something about your side for a change, instead of blindly following in lockstep – exactly what you were accusing us of doing while sneering at the Tea Party before the election……

yuzeyurbrain

December 2nd, 2010
3:20 pm

It almost makes you feel sorry for Cagle.

Gman

December 2nd, 2010
3:24 pm

Hallelujah, Road Scholar!

DannyX

December 2nd, 2010
3:26 pm

“Why dont you try going after the 40+ D’s that voted for earmarks?”

Again, this is not about the Dems. Not one bit. Its about the all talk, no action Tea Party flip flopping on one of their own centerpiece issues. Its really a lesson you learn as a 3 year old, getting hand caught in cookie jar…

Tea Party Dad: You are busted junior
Republican Jr: The Dems did it too
Tea Party Dad: I love you son.

Hugs

Life is good.

Susan Baum Biondo

December 2nd, 2010
3:30 pm

Thought: 2009-2010 Earmarks are $1 Trillion/ yr of federal taxes paid by and for the benefit of all it’s citizens.
Wrong?
Take one county like Gwinnett whose residents taxes were taken by a few Georgia congressman outside their location. Earmark taxes are distributed by these other District congressman for their pet projects and to favored businessmen or institutions only in their election areas. Did Gwinnett residents receive any or all the benefits they should have gotten for their taxes being used by other areas of Georgia? Did they get an equal amount of benefit as the Georgians from their congressman? Did they elect the individual or the voters within the earmark area or have a say in the decision to distribute their tax money or select the projects or individuals who benefit form their money? NO. NO. & NO.
GRAFT: Are Earmarks legalized graft since “legalized” under the Constitution to prevent calling it the crime it is or preventing having it easily repealed? Graft, you betcha.
Dictionaries Define Graft: #2. the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage [syn: bribery]
Earmarks are leveraged benefits to the elected official who pays directly into his campaign area with the purpose of expecting voter support and substantial campaign contributions in return.
THE JOKE: Now comes transparency and we know earmarks quietly but I say secretly, exist to pay a monetary benefit to and for the few over the clear tax benefit of many citizens such as those in Gwinnett County – GRAFT. Even with transparency from many bi-partisan organizations disclosing waste and graft, we see the officials of the House and Senate fight to keep alive the practice of improperly apportioned taxes going to a limited few without a say from it’s citizens, their representative, nor in keeping with the definition of what federal taxes should be applied to which is the benefit of all citizens.
SOLUTION: So what do we do now? Final answer: Repeal the earmark provision in the constitution; a big long shot. OR: Tighten up the definition and ability to use earmarks by limiting earmarks to emergency, catastrophic funding or projects that verify the benefit goes to more than one state’s citizens. Restricted earmark projects would not be attached to bills without a floor vote on the earmark by 2/3rd’s approval of the members of both House and Senate.
TIME TO STOP THE GRAFT AND START SENSIBLE SOLUTIONS.

catlady

December 2nd, 2010
3:38 pm

td, what is “boarder policy?” Is that where you keep your dog? Or do you mean “border policy?”

catlady

December 2nd, 2010
3:40 pm

Susan, but Gwinnett does get $ 15m (or is it more?) for “Fair Share” which is to go to poor, rural counties without a tax base for educational equality! And it comes from my county, which is poor, rural, with 70% free lunch! So QYBA, sister!

markie mark

December 2nd, 2010
3:42 pm

@ DannyX…..thats BULL. Its about government, and the reigning in thereof. You just want to side on the sidelines and whine. We got out and worked and proved a point. And we are still trying. You won’t even try.

Troglodyke

December 2nd, 2010
3:43 pm

I’m going to enjoy the next 2 years.

Me, too. I remember what happened in 1994. “Big Republican whoop-@ass victory!” And then, 2 years later, Clinton slides easily to Term #2.

Looks like Obama will be a shoo-in after the short-attention-span voters see no progress made in 2 years.

As for earmarks, no surprise there.

markie mark

December 2nd, 2010
3:44 pm

thats “sit” on the sidelines….

DannyX

December 2nd, 2010
4:00 pm

“Its about government, and the reigning in thereof. ”

It is not. Not in the least bit, look to Georgia for many examples. The clearest example is the complete lack of “Tea Party” influence in Georgia. The Republican Party at the state level is far from “WE the People”

The total lack of ethics and the lobby influence in this state is appalling.

Rob from the rich and give to the poor is excepted from metro-Atlanta but protested in places like North Fulton. Metro Atlanta is expected to provide an entitlement to the rest of the state. If that is done at the local level we get Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. Coming soon Milton County.

Let the tax cuts expire? How about the state property tax exemption? Nope. They handed out 1 billion in corporate tax breaks the same year Republicans took away the $300 exemption.

How about Sonny. He wrote a letter representing every single Republican Governor demanding more stimulus from Obama. Every single Republican Congressmen voted NO for the money Republican Governors begged for.

“Free market” LAUGH Georgia Power is showered with special treatment.

Finally, Georgia just elected a bankrupt, career politician ex Democrat, ethically challenged, ex big spending Congressman as their next Governor.

You Tea Party people are going to be exposed as the frauds you are.

gm

December 2nd, 2010
4:00 pm

Surprise, Surprise, once again conservatives middle class whites get played again. When will they learn? When will they stop listening to rich bigots like Rush, Sara,Hannity who tell them how bad the President of the United States, in the mean time line up their pockets.
I have been saying it over and over Rep conservatives are Satan kids.

Louis Alexander

December 2nd, 2010
4:24 pm

What did you expect? Honesty???? Politicians do not know the meaning of the word! The Tea Party will make a splash for a couple of months and then be squashed by the beaurocracy in Washington and it will be business as usual until the next election. Nothing has or will be changed. We just don’t have the ability to govern ourselves. Just wait, the Chinese are going to take care of everything in the near future.

Louis Alexander

December 2nd, 2010
4:33 pm

The GOP reminds me of a grammar school marble game. The winners are bullied and still lose their marbles, but the game is repeated the next day – - same results that simply is no gain in the long run. Most GOP members are poor folks that like to rub shoulders with the affluent. Eventually all have to face reality and decide if they are leaders or followers. There are no other classes of people.

Last Man Standing

December 2nd, 2010
4:34 pm

gm:

Uh, you forgot the “3 time dropout” that you always include in your whining.

Louis Alexander

December 2nd, 2010
4:43 pm

Did our honorable governor, who was so critical of our president during his campaign, slap the president around in the meeting today? Surely he was not happy being in the presence of such an ignorant president that only has a degree from one of our most outstanding universities in the USA. The state of Georgia may be sucking the hind tit for the next few years with Federal Funding. Those campaign comments can come back to bite you where the hair is short.

Retired Soldier

December 2nd, 2010
5:13 pm

Louis-

Where you also defending W. Bush, he graduated from two of the most outstanding universities? Just askin…..