Thursday, June 14, 2007

Orwell's 1984 and Pork

"The more than 32,000 earmarks requested in the Homeland Security spending bill have roiled the House this week, and now Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) wants the word 'earmark' to just go away. In a Tuesday press conference about appropriation bills, Pelosi said, 'Why don't we leave here today forgetting the word earmark?' She said they should be called 'legislative directives' instead." - Columnist Amanda Carpenter

Guess that Pelosi's taking lessons from George Owell's 1984.

Then there was this tidbit:

"...(A) provision in the $151.5 billion Labor-HHS measure to be taken up by the House Appropriations Committee Thursday would fund travel expenses for labor representatives heading to a November conference on worker safety in Portugal hosted by the European Union. 'It's offensive that Democratic leaders would earmark taxpayer dollars to fund a junket for AFL-CIO union bosses,' said a spokesman for House Minority Leader Boehner. 'We know Democrats are using their newfound clout to pay off their union comrades right and left, but this takes the cake.'"
- CongressDailyAM, 6/13/07

No wonder Congress's approval rating is 27% down from 36% in January...

5 comments:

Biby Cletus said...

Cool blog, i just randomly surfed in, but it sure was worth my time, will be back

Deep Regards from the other side of the Moon

Biby Cletus

Maggie Thurber said...

thanks so much!

Gordon said...

Maggie, thanks for taking my call on WSPD today. The folks on the air there have always spoken well of you. I didn't know you were (temporarily?) out of politics but glad to know you have a blog!

Carry on! You're going great work. -Gordon

Maggie Thurber said...

Gordon - thanks so much for calling in!!!!

I plan for my absence from politics to be more than temporary - but I do appreciate your comments and kind words!

Hooda Thunkit said...

Whatever Ms. Pelosi does to ease her conscience it smells to high Heaven.

And what about those high and noble principles she espoused when she first won her election?

Gone the way of the dodo bird, would be my guess.

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