Obama and Biden: Top Earmark Offenders
Posted by cann0nba11 on September 22, 2008
Check out this video that describes in plain detail how bad both Joe Biden and Barack Obama are with spending our money.
So, what exactly is an earmark? To earmark is to set something aside for a specific purpose. Politicians write earmarks into legislation to divert a specific amount of government funds (our tax dollars) toward specific projects that benefit certain organizations or individuals. For example, a Senator might receive a sizable campaign donation from a representative from a specific company, and then later that year that same company receives several million dollars of government funding for a specific project. Diverting tax payer dollars to specific people as a “thank you” for services rendered or yet to be rendered.
A non-partisan organization called Citizens Against Government Waste keeps track of this sort of activity. CAGW ranks Senators based on whether or not they voted against excess spending. The ratings for 2007 are now available and guess what? Obama is not the worst on the list; he is second worst. Joe Biden has the lowest rating and is tied with 12 other Senators. Obama voted the right way only 10% of the time in 2007 (he has a lifetime rating of 18%). Biden? He has a big fat goose egg: a 0% rating in 2007. Other goose eggs? Chris Dodd (Senate Banking Committee Chairman), Hillary Clinton, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
What kind of money are we talking about? In 2007 Obama requested about $740M in earmarks. McCain has requested $0. Meanwhile, Biden takes sliminess to a new level. He won’t even release his record on earmarks for the 36 years he has been in office. Yet Democrats clamor for transparency and accountability? The hypocrisy is mind-numbing.
At the other end of the spectrum John McCain has CAGW’s highest lifetime rating at 88%. McCain selected as his VP candidate a woman that has also fought against excessive spending. Senator Obama selected one of the worst offenders, yet still has the gall to claim that he is the candidate of change. Sadly, so many Obama supporters are blinded by his charisma that they can’t recognize facts. They can’t think rationally or analyze the issues. So many Obama supporters are so deranged by their hatred for President Bush that all they can see is the chance to vote for anyone but Bush. Whether or not they are voting for the good of America is irrelevant. They simply want change, and voting D instead of R is good enough for them.
If only Liberals could reign in their angst long enough to look at the actual facts. How anyone can vote for Obama with a clear conscience is beyond me.