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June 22, 2007

Ron Paul’s Earmark

by Doug Mataconis

In response to my post about the lack of transparency in the new Democratic Congress, a comment was posted about Congressman/Presidential Candidate Ron Paul’s apparent exercise of the earmark “privilege.”

I’d summarize the funding requests, but they amount to 65 pages of a PDF file that can be accessed here.

And, quite honestly, they surprise me.

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  1. Well, keep in mind that Ron Paul is among the 1 in 10 House members who agreed to disclose their earmarks.

    Comment by Shii — June 22, 2007 @ 9:25 pm
  2. Ron Paul addressed earmarks in an interview I read or heard sometime ago. He said (paraphrasing) that Congress shouldn’t be taking the money, but as long as it was, he would submit earmarks on behalf of his district — then vote against the final bill.

    Comment by Steve Dasbach — June 22, 2007 @ 9:35 pm
  3. I recall reading exactly what Steve said. That he is against them and will vote against them, BUT he hedges his bets and makes sure his district gets as much of their tax money back as possible. I understand he is REALLY good at getting his district’s its money back.

    Comment by Tim — June 22, 2007 @ 10:22 pm
  4. He is just doing his job. His job is to represent his district and uphold the constitution. When a member of his district makes a request he will have his office take the request and file it with the appropriate peoples in a effort to include it in a bill. He will then vote on the bill and if the bill has too much spending it will probably get a no vote. As someone pointed out its a good hedge although a bit disingenious, however if other congressmen voted no for theese bloated bills they wouldn’t pass. Ron Paul also as some else pointed out discloses his earmarks.

    Comment by Raymond — June 23, 2007 @ 11:45 am
  5. George Will’s column in Newsweek mentioned that Ron Paul would forward requests for government aid from his constituents to the appropriate committees, then he’d vote against the bills those committees proposed. So Paul apparently recognizes it’s a corrupt system and he votes against it…he just doesn’t choose to penalize his constituents for the system being corrupt.

    Comment by UCrawford — June 25, 2007 @ 8:58 am
  6. Gianna…

    interesting point of view…

    Trackback by Gianna private blog — July 6, 2007 @ 1:30 pm

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