Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Quote of the day, courtesy of the New York Times:
“Pardon us if we note the irony of signing a bill into law that contains close to 9,000 earmarks on the very day that the president pushes alleged earmark reform,” said Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House Republican leader. “It’s like washing down a doughnut with a Slim-Fast shake.”
You can't miss the irony of that one.
In the first presidential debate Obama said, "Absolutely, we need earmark reform. And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely."
So now the spin is - "Obama did not promise to end earmarking, only to 'reform' it, and eliminate 'screwy' or wasteful earmarks."
This explains why he signed the spending bill today with 9,000 earmarks in it. Apparently none of those earmarks are "screwy" or wasteful." Joy. Tattoo removal for gang members doesn't sound "screwy" to you?
As John McCain said on the Senate floor yesterday, "You voted for change, but you aren't getting any change today."