Lowest approval of Congress in Gallop polling history.
13% approval for the 111th Congress….and the parting present they give us?
Senate leaders and top appropriators from both parties racked up more than $2.2 billion in earmarks in the massive omnibus spending bill that Democrats are pushing to enact in the final days of the 111th Congress.
According to a POLITICO analysis of an earmark database compiled by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) racked up $252 million, Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) snagged another $145 million, Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) scored another $217 million while Conference Secretary Patty Murray (D-Wash.) got $248 million.
McConnell has 113 million in earmarks, Alexander 92 mil, Thune 65 million, and look at this….the largest goes to Republican Sen. Cochran with 560 million and Democrat Sen. Inouye with 421 million.
And look at what some of the departing Senators have grabbed for themselves:
That’s not it by a longshot:
In the midst of a colossal global concern for the economic stability of our great nation, Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri’s 5th Congressional District representative, has one small earmark on his wish list that deserves some attention.
Cleaver has listed a new earmark — one of several — and he promises to “fight for every one.” But this is a whopping $48 billion package that must go down as the grandaddy of all earmarks.
Proposed by a gentleman named Lamar Mickens, president of the not-for-profit Quality Day Campus, the $48 billion earmark would funnel money into the inner cities to give money to the poor and thereby produce a much larger consumer class to buy the goods and services produced in this country.
Just call this redistribution on steroids.
Makes sense right? Give 48 billion dollars to the poor so they can be self reliant
And they wonder how this Congress can be the worst evah!