Mitch McConnell loves earmarks, and he also loves to be hypocritical as hell about them. From McClatchy:
Democrats, who have weathered criticism from Republicans over earmarks in recent months, are singling out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for the more than $75 million in federal funds for Kentucky projects he requested along with other members of Congress in a $410 billion spending bill.
The federal funds for projects, or earmarks, McConnell asked for in the omnibus spending bill include $1.6 million for a forage animal production research laboratory in Lexington, $1.088 million for an animal waste management research lab in Bowling Green, $2.945 million for LexTran to purchase buses and $950,000 for a Western Kentucky University bikeway project, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a group that tracks federal spending.
McCaskill, one of only a few Democratic senators who hasn’t requested earmarks for her state, has pledged to "out" Republican earmarks later this week during a speech on the Senate floor.
"Earmarking was taken to a new art form under the Republican Congress and President Bush," McCaskill said. "The Republicans in the Senate have lined up for billions and billions and billions of dollars. You can't have it both ways. You can't be half pregnant on this deal."
McConnell ranked ninth in a Taxpayers for Common Sense analysis of Senate earmark recipients and is solely listed as having requested more than $51 million worth of projects.
The Party Of No just screams and throws tantrums. They are lovers of the pork too, but the bastards actually think their earmarks are not earmarks, as in these comments by two Rethugs:
McConnell defends his earmarks as projects that are necessary to help diversify the economy of Kentucky.
Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., pledged Tuesday to remove his own earmarks, but stressed that doing so would hurt state programs.
Carpetbagging bastards. I can't wait for McCaskill's speech on the hypocrites within the Rethug party.
Tags: earmarks, Pork Spending by Republicans