Tribally Controlled Lies
Submitted By Todd on March 4th at 11:44am
Funny how items show up in spending bills without any notice — like an earmark for a president who promised not to seek any.Not as I do.
President Obama, who took a no-earmark pledge on the campaign trail, is listed as one of dozens of cosponsors of a $7.7 million set-aside in the fiscal 2009 omnibus spending bill passed by the House on Wednesday.Roses are red.
But not for long. On Thursday, Rob Blumenthal, a spokesman for the Senate Appropriations Committee said the one earmark in the bill that carries Obama’s name will be edited. The committee will attribute that earmark to other senators on the list of that provision’s supporters, but not Obama.Violets are blue.
No changes are expected to the earmarks requested by other lawmakers who ended up in top jobs in the Obama administration months after they sought set-asides for special projects in the bills that became the omnibus (HR 1105).Politicians are liars.
The catchall bill is an accumulation of leftovers from 2008 — spending measures that weren’t enacted before the 110th Congress expired. It’s moving through Congress now because a temporary extension of funds to run the government will run out after March 6.The President, too.
Obama’s name jumped out on a list of many earmark cosponsors because he and his staff have been so emphatic about his no-earmark stance...The $7.7 million earmark is for Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Vocational Institutions - not the worst of earmarks, you might argue. But then, why try to cover it up by removing the President's name?