Tuesday, July 17, 2007

House votes to allow $1 million to go to nonexistent company

From Politico.com:
Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona, the fiscal crusader who's never met an earmark he likes, questioned Democratic Rep. Peter J. Visclosky of Indiana on the House floor Tuesday about whether the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure actually exists - since, hey, it's getting like a million bucks or something.

Visclosky, who chairs the spending subcommittee responsible for the project, had to admit that, well, he didn't have a clue.
The man who is in charge of where the money goes has no clue..... brilliant. Next?
...Flake asked, "Does the center currently exist?"

"At this time, I do not know," the Indiana Democrat replied. "But if it does not exist, the monies could not go to it."
Ok... that is good. This dem sounds like he might have some brains after all. He sounds like he would be willing to pull this bill out since it funds a fake company. Cause, after all, that would be illegal, right? That would be wrong, right?

Ok, let's see how this all turned out shall we?
And who could possibly be the sponsor of such an earmark? Yes, you guessed it, the man Republicans love to hate, Pennsylvania Democrat John P. Murtha.

Despite the money's uncertain destination, the House rejected Flake's measure to strike the funds, 326-98. And the Visclosky bill also sailed through, 312-112.
Yep. Just under half of the republicans in the House voted to fund the bill, while more than half voted to assure the rejection of Rep. Flake's measure. Get that! Even if all the Repubs had voted as one to remove Murtha's bill, it still would have passed, but at least they would have been conservative in their principles. As it stands, HALF of the repubs in the House are dems in character and rhino in name.

True Republicans are conservative by nature and by character. True Conservatives would have never allowed our budget to have bloomed to gigantinormous proportions. True Conservatives would refuse to fund pet projects that should be left to the constituents and private industry.

But alas, our country is infested with morons who believe the Congress and our government has nothing but good in its actions and that its only intent is to help the downtrodden. what idiots.

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