[Rushtalk] House and Senate Republicans Might Legalize Bribery ?

Tom Matiska tom.matiska at att.net
Sun Dec 14 22:12:03 MST 2014


The vote in question happened the same day as the article.    "Rinos" voted against earmarks in worry free 145-67 ratio.  Tom
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Carl Spitzer <cwsiv at keepandbeararms.com> wrote:

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>Folks ,It  looks like the RINOs are  making a push  to take 
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>                      Next Week, House and Senate 
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>                      Republicans Might Legalize 
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>          Erickson (Diary)  |  November 14th, 2014 at 04:30 AM
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>https://www.redstate.com/2014/11/14/house-and-senate-republicans-prepare-to-legalize-bribery/
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>Sources in both the House and Senate are expressing grave concern to me
>  that Republicans are about to legalize bribery. If you will recall,
>   several years ago after a host of arrests of members of Congress,
> indictments, and bridges to nowhere, public outrage caused Congress to
>                             ban earmarks.
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>  The earmarks were serving as bribery. Politicians would get earmarks
> sent to state and local public institutions and congressional leaders
> would grant and withhold earmarks as bribes to get congressmen to vote
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> Senate Republicans are dragging their feet and there are, according to
>    Senate sources, strong signals the GOP intends to end the Senate
>earmarks ban. Just yesterday, Senate Republicans refused to approve the
>                             earmarks ban.
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>  On the House side, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL) is introducing an
> amendment to House rules that would allow an exception to the earmarks
> ban for “State, locality (including county and city governments), or a
>public utility or other public entity.” A House source tells me Speaker
>   Boehner has been firmly committed to keeping the earmarks ban, but
>      worries other Republicans may latch on to Rogers’ exception.
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>    It is worth noting that virtually all earmarks go to “State[s],
>   localit[ies] (including county and city governments), [and] public
>                             utilit[ies].” 
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> With Senators Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint out of the picture, the Senate
>    seems more likely than the House to move forward on this issue.
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>Sen. Tom Coburn ,Senate Republican Average 85%, referred to earmarks at
>“the gateway drug” for big spending. The earmarks themselves were often
>   relatively small, but they were given by leadership to members of
> Congress as a form of bribery to induce those members to vote for much
>                       larger spending packages.
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>  It would be a shame for either the House or Senate to give up on the
>   earmarks ban — particularly when outrage over Republican behavior
> related, in part, to corruption induced through earmarks led to their
>                      devastating losses in 2006.
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>  You can connect to your member of Congress through the congressional
> switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and express your support for continuing
>                           the earmarks ban.
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