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Your Job Is To Do What?

We’ve growled numerous times about Congressional pork, technically known as earmarks, so you know what we think of it. Well, for his “opposition to an earmark ban and defense of earmarks,” Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Rep. John Mica (R-FL) their July Porker of the Month. CAGW cited Mica for the following statement from the Orlando Sentinel:

“There’s no way in hell I would support banning earmarks … That’s our job, getting elected and making decisions. Yes, there are bad earmarks, like there are bad members of Congress. And what you do is get rid of them.”

CAGW points out: “Earmarking is not Congress’ ‘job.’”  The press release announcing Mica’s selection says:

“Before the 1980s, Congress would fund general grant programs and let federal and state agencies select individual recipients through a competitive process or formula.  The House and Senate Appropriations Committees named specific projects only when they had been the subject of hearings and approved by authorizing committees.  Members of Congress with local concerns would lobby the president and federal agencies for consideration.  The normal budget process, which is aimed at preventing abuse and allocating resources on the basis of merit and need, has become a sideshow in the scramble by individual appropriations committee members to pick winners and losers based on seniority.”

Besides, “(e)armarking invites corrupt behavior.” as CAGW points out. Makes one wonder just long  it been since Rep. Mica read the U.S. Constitution? Taxpayers would like to know!

P.S. The phone number on Capitol Hill is (202) 224-3121 if you’d like to call Rep. Mica’s office.


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