Thursday, February 07, 2008

Why are Republicans facing minority status in all branches of government?

George Will believes it all comes back to ethics and earmarks, and the fact that the Republican majority failed to control its more pork-hungry impulses.

In his State of the Union address, the president vowed to veto any appropriation bill "that does not cut the number and cost of earmarks in half." Coburn tartly notes that although Congress hardly needs 5,500 earmarks -- half of last year's total -- the president's goal would be met if Republicans themselves quit earmarking. That fact goes far to explain the Republicans' current and future minority status.

1 comment:

CRCHAIR said...

McCain's positive contribution to the Republican Party would be if he can get new Congressional candidates to be fiercly anti-earmark/in favor of cutting the federal budget. If he could really accomplish that, then he would have taken an important step in the right direction in my book.