Now Who Will Fund My Golden Likeness?

I was hoping one of my representatives or senators would come through for me. All I wanted was a golden statue in the town square. Looks like that’s not going to happen…at least, not until January 2011.

House Republicans have announced a moratorium on earmarks. Actually, perhaps it is more appropriate to borrow from the headline. “Election year earmark moratorium”.

Don’t bother reading the explanation from the Republicans. I can sum it up: “People like Obama more than us.” *opens the Encyclopedia of Pandering, Election Year Edition* “Uh, let’s take a stand against earmarks.”

Not to say this is a terrible idea. Earmarks can be shady. It just seems like an obvious political move.

Of course, some Members might have had a genuine change of heart. Obama did, right? Senator Obama released his list of earmark requests during his presidential campaign. Last year, as President, he pushed for earmark reform.

I think earmarks will forever be the modus operandi for Washington. We’ll have to wait to see what House Republicans decide to do when the moratorium is up. For now, here is a listing of SC’s Representatives & Senators and their earmark requests for FY 2008-2009.

Rep. Henry Brown (R-SC, 1st): 43 earmarks, $71,697,500

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC, 2nd): 14 earmarks, $20,250,500

Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC, 3rd): 23 earmarks, $22,420,000

Rep. Bob Inglis: 19 earmarks, $21,138,750

Rep. John Spratt (D-SC, 5th): 49 earmarks, $56,883,850

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC, 6th): 90 earmarks, $137,625,522

Sen. Jim DeMint: 0 earmarks, $0

Sen. Lindsey Graham: 136 earmarks, $512,068,500

I suppose my best chance of getting a golden statue will be to hit up Clyburn or Graham…next year.

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