11/24/10 1 Comment
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Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards
11/24/10 Leave a comment
A Senate Republican, after the GOP declares war on earmarks, gives in to the enemy!
Senate Republicans’ ban on earmarks — money included in a bill by a lawmaker to benefit a home-state project or
interest — was short-lived.
Only three days after GOP senators and senators-elect renounced earmarks, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, the No. 2 Senate Republican, got himself a whopping $200 million to settle an Arizona Indian tribe’s water rights claim against the government.
Kyl slipped the measure into a larger bill sought by President Barack Obama and passed by the Senate on Friday to settle claims by black farmers and American Indians
against the federal government. Kyl’s office insists the measure is not an earmark, and the House didn’t deem it one when it considered a version earlier this year.
But it meets the know-it-when-you-see-it test, critics say. Under Senate rules, an earmark is a spending item inserted “primarily at the request of a senator” that goes “to an entity, or (is) targeted to a specific state.”
11/22/10 1 Comment
After thirty years of life, it has become quite clear that there are only two paths available to me:
1) A rockstar, or
2) A US Congressman.
Each posses the ability to spread and grow your ideas and opinions, and create a movement. We need more movements, yet at the same time we need more understanding – understanding of why we need more movements and what their aim is.
Words have so much power, and microphones do such a great job at amplifying that power.