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Cochran and Wicker Paid Attention To November 2

November 17, 2010
tags: Congress, earmarks, Roger Wicker, Thad Cochran
by Brett

The Senate GOP decision to ban earmarks really turned out to be a somewhat dull affair. After GOP Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would be supporting the moratorium, any air in the life of opponents was removed. The Tea Party vs. establishment fight that the media would have loved to portray never really happened. Sure there are a few Senators who haven’t given up on earmarks, but according to reports the vote wasn’t even close among the 47 member caucus.

The two biggest surprises to me: Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker.

Both Senators expressed uneasiness with giving additional power over to Obama or federal bureaucrats and that is certainly not lost on me. Will Mississippi all of a sudden get shut out when it comes to federal money? My guess is no. But as an official in Wicker’s office told me this is a positive approach to take a step back and reevaluate the process. While we don’t see or hear about many of the earmark requests, I was told that local governments were simply getting out of control with what they were asking for. Will removing earmarks solve our problems? No (and no Republican is saying that), but it is a good first step.

Obama has previously opined that he opposes earmarks as well. I think we will soon see pressure for Democrats in the Senate to go along as well.

Lastly, this move shows the country that they are trying a different approach. And this actually contrasts pretty well with the House Democrats who are bent on keeping Nancy Pelosi as their Minority Leader. Defeated Democrats such as Gene Taylor and Travis Childers have gone on the record to say Pelosi needs to step aside. Anyone not tucked away inside San Francisco could tell you that.

Apparently the House Democrats paid no attention to November 2. Wicker, Cochran and the Senate GOP did. Some will say that Wicker and Cochran are bowing to political pressure. I suppose, but they were elected to represent their constituents…correct?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Travis permalink
    November 17, 2010 12:43 pm

    At last, I agree with Brett! It’s time to stop the spending Senators.

  2. Gary permalink
    November 17, 2010 2:05 pm

    I’ll believe it when I see it. They have to earn my trust. One strike and they are OUT!

  3. catty permalink
    November 17, 2010 6:10 pm

    We can not condemn careless spending if we are among the most guilty….i.e. our Senators have historically put our state at the top of the Pork list. Of course we need it considering the make-up of the countless poor in our Delta counties….some among the poorest areas in the Nation. We must give up this habit if we are to be part of the new movement to begin streamlining the government hand-outs. Along these same lines: Did you know the number of government employees making more than $100,000 a year has double in the PAST TWO YEARS OF OBAMA’S REIGN? That too is clearly another kind of Pork. And the election of Pelosi as minority leader is an absolute gift…the more she talks(carelessly and foolishly)the better to further demonstrate how out of touch the Leftist/liberals are with reality. She spent enough on her travel as Speaker of the House to fund a small country. Another reason to begin Congressional investigations into the unethical spending habits of the Obama/Democratic regime. And don’t forget the special benefits derived by her husband through stimulus money that benefited the company in which he owns large blocks of stock . Disgusting!

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