I know it will make The Detractors squirm, but I’m going to do something that, according to their caricatures of us we’re not supposed to do (that’s twice this weekend): Criticize Republicans.
If you follow this link to the Taxpayers for Common Sense’s spreadsheet of the latest markups to the 2009 Budget, you’ll find a comprehensive list of all earmarks (over 9000 at lastest count). There are tabs broken down by Congressmen, Senators, and by bill (with each department called out).
The count seems to be going through revisions, and they’re now up to Version 3. If you want to be kept up-to-date, keep an eye on the group’s homepage and look for the link to the most recent earmarks post. It’ll be under “Latest News”.
After Byrd (natch), the greatest porker in the Senate is none other than Republican Richard Shelby of Alabama, and after him, Republican Kit Bond of Missouri. Then comes DiFi. But then it’s back to Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), and “Leader” Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) also contribute to the embarrassment of a Republican party that still hasn’t learned the lesson by also appearing in the Top 10. WTF?
For those who are not as mathematically adept as I, that’s SIX out of the Top TEN! Together, these Republicans account for $454,404,466 in earmarks (that’s also approximately 60% of earmarks from the same Top 10).
My friends, as Senator McCain would say, this is NO WAY to win back the confidence of the American voter. Sometimes you really have to clean house (or in this case, the other chamber…I haven’t even gotten to the House yet!). If you live in any of these states, (or even if you don’t) I implore you to contact the offices of these Senators and demand they reverse themselves. Without a responsible move, I’m afraid these six Senators WILL HAVE TO GO.
After the jump is the pertinant contact information for the Shameful Six:
Senator Richard Shelby: Up for Re-election in 2010
(256) 772-0460 (Huntsville)
(205) 731-1384 (Birmingham)
(205) 759-5047 (Tuscaloosa)
(334) 223-7303 (Montgomery)
(251) 694-4164 (Mobile)
Senator Kit Bond: Not seeking Re-election
(573) 634-2488 (Jefferson City)
(816) 471-7141 (Kansas City)
(314) 725-4484 (St. Louis)
(573) 334-7044 (Cape Girardeau–are you listening, Rush?)
(417) 864-8258 (Springfield)
(573) 442-8151 (Columbia)
Senator Thad Cochran: Up for Re-election in 2014 (just re-elected w/ 61%, thanks!)
(601) 965-4459 (Jackson)
(662) 236-1018 (Oxford)
(228) 867-9710 (Gulf Port)
Senator Lisa Murkowski: Up for Re-election in 2010
(907) 456-0233 (Fairbanks)
(907) 271-3735 (Anchorage)
(907) 376-7665 (Wasilla–Hello, Where are you, Sarah?!)
(907) 225-6880 (Ketchikan)
Senator James Inhofe: Up for Re-election in 2014
(918) 748-5111 (Tulsa)
(405) 608-4381 (Oklahoma City)
(918) 426-0933 (McAlester)
(580) 234-5105 (Enid)
Senate (Perpetual?) Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: Up for Re-election in 2014
(270) 442-4554 (Paducah)
(270) 781-1673 (Bowling Green)
(502) 582-6304 (Louisville)
(859) 578-0188 (Fort Wright)
(606) 864-2026 (London)
(859) 224-8286 (Lexington)
-Nick (Colorado Patriot) from HQ