Ron Paul’s Earmark

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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  • Shii

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

  • Steve Dasbach

    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.

  • Tim

    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.

  • Raymond

    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.

  • http://dangerouslyidealistic.blogspot.com/ UCrawford

    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.

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