It’s not surprising the political establishment elite in D.C. don’t want to give up the carrots they dangle in front of colleagues when trying to get their vote for a piece of legislation. This is just more of the same old corrupt process politicians use to pass flawed and costly legislation on Capital Hill. Most voters are outraged over this kind of outright bribery and have had enough of it.
According to Politco, GOP establishment leader Mitch McConnell is plotting behind the scenes to oppose an earmark ban.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is maneuvering behind the scenes to defeat a conservative plan aimed at restricting earmarks, setting up a high-stakes showdown that pits the GOP leader and his “Old Bull” allies against Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and a new breed of conservative senators.
The argument that earmarks only amount to a few billion dollars, in a budget of trillions, completely misses the point. Citizens are wising up and are demanding the process for passing legislation be reformed to eliminate the corrupt process of earmarks, which are slipped into legislation at the last minute as a bribe to get those last few votes.
Certainly, states need funds appropriated for critical projects but those appropriations need to be discussed openly in committee, debated openly on the floor of congress and given an up or down vote, based on merit, not on political favoritism or bribes for votes.
We need to contact our elected officials and let them know how we feel. We should strongly urge them to support the ban on earmarks, lest we replace them with someone who will.