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  • POLITICS BLOG: Earmarks, earmarks and more earmarks

  • U.S. Rep Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., has leveled an attack towards U.S. Senate opponent U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. over, of all things, earmarks.

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  • U.S. Rep Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., has leveled an attack towards U.S. Senate opponent U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. over, of all things, earmarks.
    According to their Moran Mythbuster section on their website, the Tiahrt campaign calls Moran's hypocrisy on earmarks as being "insulting" to the voters of Kansas. The site states that Moran has requested and supported more than $250 million in appropriation and authorization earmarks, including $54.8 million in defense authorization earmarks.
    According to the website govtrack.us, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2010, the measure passed 389-22. Interestingly enough, the ENTIRE Kansas delegation, including Tiahrt, voted for the measure.
    Doing further research (www.legistorm.com), here is what we have come up with:
    • From FY 2008-2010, Tiahrt has requested and supported a total of 63 solo earmarks with a pricetag of $53.9 million. All sponsored earmarks in that same period totaled $294.3 million.
    • On the other side, in that same time period, Moran had requested and supported a total of 29 earmarks with a pricetag of $13.4 million and had 67 total sponsored earmarks with a total of $52.1 million. That is a difference of over $240 million.
    At one point in time, earmarks were used to bring tax dollars back to communities for needed projects, but in recent years, that process has been hijacked and manipulated to a point where it has become corrupt.
    To have one lawmaker accuse another of abusing the earmark process, especially when there is a $242 million difference between the two, seems more like politics as usual.
    Remember, when you elect to start pointing a finger, you will have four pointing right back at you.
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