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Friday, April 04, 2008

Federal pork - meat or poison?


WASHINGTON - On Capitol Hill, Mark Mallory is just another lobbyist asking for money.


The Cincinnati mayor doesn't mind. He has a list of projects he says would pass muster with any critic: money for riverfront development, an environmental assessment of the Cincinnati streetcar proposal and a runway expansion at Lunken Airport.


"All of the projects that we have on our list are public-improvement projects," Mallory said, standing in a crowded House office building between meetings last month with local lawmakers.
"We only ask for what we need," he said.


But the city's needs - and others - could go unfulfilled this year.


Congress is considering a one-year moratorium on all earmarks, money requested by lawmakers for local projects.


Several votes have already occurred on the proposal, including one Wednesday. None has passed, but the hot-button issue - especially in an election year - is far from dead.


"By refusing to join House Republicans in a full earmark freeze, the majority has proven once again that it is just not serious about reforming the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars," Republican House leader John Boehner said Wednesday.


Cincinnati's congressional delegation is split over the issue, which could have huge local consequences


Read Malia Rulon's story here


10 Comments:

at 9:26 AM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything that Mallory listed as something that needed earmarks is something that should be done by the private sector.

Look at the old Frische's fiasco, the Banks (which could have been completed by now without government bickering), and all of these other grand projects.

The City, County and State should leave the stuff that should be done by the private sector to the private sector. If the market doesn't want something, the government shouldn't force it.


If the government wants to see real development, then it should divest itself of the property quickly to an entrepreneur.

Our city isn't dying because the government doesn't have enough money - it's dying because it has too much, and instead of repairing infrastructure, improving public services, public safety and trimming excess, it forces ideas down the throats of the residents.

And then we leave.

 
at 9:52 AM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's laughable that now the repugs have lost power they now want to stop all earmarks. Had it not been for their uncontrolled spending on pork projects during the Bush years (Bridge to NOWHERE) we might be in better shape finincialy than we are today. The difference between republican earmarks vs democratic earmarks would be that republican earmarks benefit other republican friends and family members while democratic earmarks benefit communities. In closing, not all earmarks are bad, just the ones being requested by repugs. Given the vast support and record fundraising for the Democrats nationaly, I think this problem will basically disappear with the republicans after Novemeber.

 
at 10:37 AM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Behner prefers direct payoffs in his pocket from lobbyists over earmarks for his community. What a double standard!! Hypocrite.

How stupid are the voters in his district? Who do they really think are actually cashing those checks Boehner distributed on the floor of Congress (and the hundreds of others under the table)? Taxpayers pay it on the front end or back. Lobbyists are getting some taxpayer funded contract or legislation that we all pay for - ten fold - what Boehner puts in his pocket

No earmarks for your roads, senior center or police project - but plenty for pay to play in GOP pockets - Boehner, Chabot, McConnell

 
at 10:45 AM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Chabot, Jean Schmidt, Geoff Davis and John Boehner are on the right side of this issue. Stopping the torrent of public money coming from DC out to the hinterland can't come too soon. Will Congress ever get control of over-spending? Maybe. This moratorium could be a start, and all our local members of the House are supporting it. We can be proud of them all. Their effort is not "smoke and mirrors" and "show instead of substance" like we consistently see from the left.

 
at 11:22 AM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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""By refusing to join House Republicans in a full earmark freeze, the majority has proven once again that it is just not serious about reforming the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars," Republican House leader John Boehner said Wednesday."

If the boner were interested in tax-payer funds then he would be in the forefront to get us out of IRAQ !

If the world coalition, UN, etc. cannot spread the cost to maintain Iraq with it's rich oil reserves then the US should not do it alone, PERIOD !

If the boner were interested in tax-payer funds then he would not have passed out tobacco checks on the house floor. The medical cost that industry has cost the tax-payers is exorbitant !

If the boner were interested in tax-payer funds then he would not have given the top 1% the free pass on their fare share !

If the boner were interested in tax-payer funds he would have brought home the bacon, PERIOD !

PATHETIC 'family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 3:43 PM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 11:22, the bold typer wrote: "If the boner were interested in tax-payer funds then he would not have given the top 1% the free pass on their fare share !"
According to the Joint Economic Committee, the wealthiest one percent of Americans paid 37 percent of all federal taxes collected. The top five percent paid for 57 percent of all taxes collected. And the top 50 percent of American income earners paid 97 percent of all income taxes collected. It appears the wealthy and the middle class pay far more than their "fair share." I challenge the bold typer to study basic economics. Read a book. Gain knowledge. Get a job. Maybe one day, you too, can know what it's like to actually pay taxes. I think it was G.I. Joe who once said "knowing is half the battle." So after you read this, you should be half way there. Your welcome.

 
at 12:39 AM, April 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't need a degree in economics to know that lower and middle class Americans pay a greater percentage of their income for taxes than do the wealthy.

Keep talking in circles and hoping people will believe it again, and again and again. Good luck, the economics woes we're suffering while the rich get richer makes it pretty clear.

 
at 2:35 AM, April 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Warren Buffett Blasts System That Lets Him Pay Less Tax Than Secretary

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/money/tax/article1996735.ece

Warren Buffett, the third-richest man in the world, has criticised the US tax system for allowing him to pay a lower rate than his secretary and his cleaner.

Mr Buffett, who is worth an estimated $52 billion, said: “The 400 of us [here in this room] pay a lower part of our income in taxes than our receptionists do, or our cleaning ladies, for that matter. If you’re in the luckiest 1 per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.”

Mr Buffett said that he was taxed at 17.7 per cent on the $46 million he made last year, without trying to avoid paying higher taxes, while his secretary, who earned $60,000, was taxed at 30 per cent. Mr Buffett told his audience, which included John Mack, the chairman of Morgan Stanley, and Alan Patricof, the founder of the US branch of Apax Partners, that US government policy had accentuated a disparity of wealth that hurt the economy by stifling opportunity and motivation.

The comments are among the most signficant yet in a debate raging on both sides of the Atlantic about growing income inequality and how the super-wealthy are taxed. ..........

 
at 2:44 PM, April 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems we have the foot-tapping, HTML stalker with his panties all up in a twist !

Oh it is hard to be humble !

Thanks for making us your number one threat !

Talk about 'cut, paste, plagiarize and run' !

Keep following, 'bold endeavors' !

PATHETIC 'family values'

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !
,

 
at 12:41 AM, April 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance to another right-wingut-job. http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/080405/clsa013.html?.v=11

 
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