But They are Thwarting Our Agenda!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006 :::
Rob at Raising Kaine has a fun post that chides the GOP for, among other things, refusing to act on the various appropriations bills. This is called "subvert[ing] the will of the American people..."
What Rob and the TPM post he cites fail to mention, however, is that in not passing the various appropriations bills, Congress is actually saving the taxpayers billions of dollars. Not willingly, of course. Heaven forbid. The majority of Republicans actually did want to pass the bills -- because they were larded with over 10,000 earmarks. Andrew has the details on how Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint gummed-up the appropriators' work in the Senate. And earlier today, Sen. Judd Gregg saved us all another few billion through his efforts to block an "emergency" agriculture spending bill.
If the GOP has shown such restraint a few months ago, they might not have lost their majority...and kept faith with their principles.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 12/06/2006