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Boebert Takes On Pork Barrel Spending

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, Republican freshman from Colorado, is making a name for herself. She drove Democrats to bed-wetting fear on a Zoom meeting by displaying some on the mantelpiece weapons in her video backdrop.

Now she’s calling Democrats out on earmarks, which used to be the primary way Democrats bribed voters. The secondary way is just giving them cash on election day. If the very telegenic congresswoman continues in this manner she will prove a valuable asset to the Republican Party and the country. Here, she talks about the COVID-19 relief bill and the possible return of earmarks.

Boebert: “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., are quietly pushing a campaign to reinstate earmarks so they can fund liberal pet projects and buy votes with your tax dollars. Republicans should unite behind our promise to put the American people first, drain the swamp, and commit to putting a stop Democrats’ plans to revive pork-barrel politics. While America is nearly $30 trillion in debt, our economy is reeling from government-mandated lockdowns and President Biden’s job-killing executive orders, and millions of Americans are out of work, Democrats’ insistence on the return of such corrupt, self-serving legislating is the latest example of how Democrats view ‘leadership’ – putting the pocketbooks of D.C. politicians, Wall Street, and special-interest groups over the health and well-being of hardworking Americans.” All the COVID bills have had pork attached. Remember the $25 million to the Kennedy Center? With the Democrats in charge in Congress it’ll be hard to make it a clean bill. But Boebert is holding their feet to the fire anyway.

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“Remember wasteful spending like $223 million for the “Bridge to Nowhere,” $50 million for an indoor rainforest in Iowa, the $8 billion high-speed rail grants to select states, including funds to build a railway for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Las Vegas to Los Angeles railway, and $500,000 for a teapot museum? But the earmark champion who really takes the cake is former Democrat Rep. John Murtha, who sent almost $200 million to fund – get this – the John Murtha County Airport in Johnston, Pa., which pretty much only offered flights for his commute to and from Washington.” Well, he had to take off and land from somewhere. 

“Instead of resuscitating earmarks, Congress should show real leadership and bring transparency to the annual spending bills. Americans deserve to know where their hard-earned tax dollars go, and they are tired of shouldering heavy taxes to enrich the D.C. politicians and their lobbyist buddies. Republicans must hold the line. Our House Republican Conference rules ban earmarks, and Democrats still need 60 votes in the Senate to pass a bill with an earmark in it. Democrats are serving up pork, and it tastes like corruption.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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