I've got two ears to listen to what you say to me
27 September 2008, 12:07 PM
I have two comments about last night's debate, and I think I’ll split them into two different notes, just to take up more room. What the hell, right?
So John McCain has spent his career
doing the bidding of bankers and their lobbyists fighting against earmarks, right? He talked about it a lot. He thinks it’s a terrible system. He blames the earmark system for corrupting congressmen; congressmen are, he says, under federal indictment because of (*cough* personal accountability *cough*) earmarks. Earmarks are “a gateway to out-of-control spending and corruption.” He’s made the fight against earmarks the center of his career, he says.
Also, the amount of money allocated via earmarks—“Do you know that it’s tripled in the last five years? Do you know that it’s gone completely out of control?”
Let’s recap. John McCain has been fighting earmarks in the United States Senate, where they have tripled in the last five years, to $18 billion. What will they be like if he fights them for four years from the White House? Fifty billion? A hundred?
Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,