"How can anyone vilify one of our representatives who has gone out and basically forced the federal government to fund a project that is essential to our ability to protect the property and the people of St. Louis from major flooding?"Well, the Tea Party would happily vilify such representatives...wouldn't they?
The state's junior senator, Claire McCaskill, a Democrat who is one of the few senators to refuse to seek earmarks, calling them arbitrary and unfair, has been pushing recently to corral Democratic votes for a moratorium.Wha? Then, Kit Bond -- of the same GOP that rode the Tea Party anger to national victory in the midterms a few weeks ago -- tells the NYT it's better for him to funnel the money our way than some faceless D.C. bureaucrat-stiff:
"I disclose what I'm going to ask for. I brag about it when I get it. I answer any questions about it. Does a bureaucrat do that with any money they send? No."Missourians elected both McCaskill and Bond. Maybe we're schizophrenic about earmarks. And since we're a bellwether state, maybe the country is, too.
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