Monday, March 2, 2009

Do What I Say, Not What I Do

Texas Lawmakers Rip Budget, But Seek Millions -- Houston Chronicle

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ron Paul vehemently denounced the $410 billion catch-all spending bill approved last week by the House of Representatives.

But although the libertarian-leaning Republican from Lake Jackson cast a vote against the massive spending measure, his fingerprints were on some of the earmarks that helped inflate its cost.

Paul played a role in obtaining 22 earmarks worth $96.1 million, which led the Houston congressional delegation, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of more than 8,500 congressionally mandated projects inserted into the bill. His earmarks included repair projects to the Galveston Seawall damaged by Hurricane Ike and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

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My Comment: 40% of all earmarks have a Republican fingerprint. But I am still surprised by Ron Paul's earmarks. In last year's presidential Campaign he was always giving an air that things will be different in Washington, starting with his own behavior.

Sigh ..... I know that the political process has a corrupting influence. I guess Rep. Ron Paul, like everyone else, knows that since the taxpayers in his district will be paying taxes .... you might as well get something for them.

But this is how the corruption starts.

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