Earmarks No Good? Tell That to Janesville, Wisc

From today's State Journal: "U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl D-Wis., added $951,000 to the federal Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Black hawk Technical College to provide job training and placement services for former employees of General Motors in Janesville and it supplier companies."

The horror ... because the job training and placement services are an earmark, according to Wisconsin's Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Middleton) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) and of-course the ever-foolish John McCain.

Reads Feingold's statement:

By passing the omnibus spending bill today, which included more than 8500 pet projects costing taxpayers $7.7 billion, Congress failed to show the American people that it is committed to spending their money wisely. When Congress passed the economic recovery bill to create or save millions of American jobs, it did so without including a single earmark. Congress should have done the same thing with this omnibus spending bill and it should do so with all future bills. The president should veto the omnibus, send it back to Congress to be cleaned up and make it clear to Congress that pork-laden bills like this are no longer welcome.
And from Paul Ryan's op-ed in Racine Journal Times: "If we can't get this issue right, how are we ever going to tackle the more pressing challenges we now face? "

More "pressing" than helping autoworkers get a new job? Mere "pet projects"? Earmarks are less than one percent of the spending bill, and the projects are needed.

You would think that Wisconsin's Feingold and Ryan would know better than to throw more barriers in the way of helping these workers who lost their jobs at GM. Both Ryan and Feingold have intimate links to the community.

But they choose to join McCain and spout this nonsense that dedicated, federally-funded projects are the main problems facing Americans. Ridiculous.

And thank you Herb Kohl for your common sense of the issue!

- See also McCain's Nuts, Feingold and Ryan Following.

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Tags: Barack Obama's presidency, breaking Wisconsin politics news, Earmarks, Filibuster, Herb Kohl, Janesville, John McCain, Paul Ryan, pork barrel spending, Russ Feingold (all tags)

Comments

2 Comments

exactly

some are for jobs, retraining, shovel ready projects, it's soo weird to get upset about 'earmarks' as if that's not a way to get projects built, they're not all stupid ideas.  Just like all lobbyists aren't the same, some represent us.  Moveon.org is a lobby, registered or not, it's a lobby.  

by anna shane 2009-03-12 11:09AM | 0 recs
People like neat categories

of "good" and "bad", much like the anna's lobbyist example. The public doesn't handle ambiguity or nuance well.

by Neef 2009-03-12 11:26AM | 0 recs

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