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  •  Wait a minute... (none)
    While I support the lofty ambition of cutting pork, in a Republican dominated country who's pork is going to get cut?

    I could definitely see Reupubs cutting only Democratic pork, then in elections noting how the Dem Incumbent "Didn't get it done" for their district.  Repubs then win more seats and dominte for the rest of our lives (I'm young).

    Kos, I'm all for taking the high road and such (like CA prop 77), but I am getting tired of doing it when it only hurts our causes.  I'll support Democrats that vote "No" if they are doing it to protect our flank.  

    If the "high road" has no Democrat benifits, then I say it ends in a cliff.

    •  not very partisan, often (none)
      Well, some of these projects aren't as straightforward as Dem/Rep partisan politics. Some of this "pork" is for good projects and is a BIG DEAL back home. There's a bridge project here in WNY too that is hotly debated and very important to many. Of course, ours is a bridge to CANADA, which some would argue is ALSO nowhere. I am not one of those people.
      •  True, but (none)
        unless the project can claim to benefit the country as a whole, state or local budgets should be able to finance them.  NY isn't exactly the poorest state in the union either (Mississippi is).

        Projects become porky when a local minority tries to siphon off a little moolah from a big enough trough that hardly anyone will notice.  Except for everyone else who's doing the same thing and can't complain.

        Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.

        by Cream Puff on Thu Oct 20, 2005 at 02:54:11 PM PDT

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        •  Exactly (none)
          Thank you. I don't care how worthy a project is; if it's an earmark that benefits a specific region, I'm against it, even if that region is mine. Those things should be, must be, paid for by state and local governments. If the feds are doling out the money, it is a certainty that those funds will be distributed according to political clout rather than according to the merits of the projects involved. Exhibits A and B: Don Young's Way and the Road to Nowhere.

          I would be in favor of the Democratic platform expressing blanket opposition to ALL earmarks.

    •  Who controls Congress? (none)
      Answer that question, and you'll know who is delivering a majority of the pork.

      "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

      by RBH on Thu Oct 20, 2005 at 02:45:30 PM PDT

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    •  This is about a much larger issue though (none)
      This is something that the dems (if they could get their heads out of their @$$'s) could use to their advantage against republicans in the next election.  Conservatives are always talking about people sitting around on the porch collecting their check....this is our welfare issue.  Unfortunately our team up there seems to never have their A-game going.

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