It would appear on the surface that Ron Paul isn’t the small government libertarian we all thought, well, you all thought he was. It rather looks like he’s been out chasing the appropriations pig with the rest of our elected officials. In the last quarter (based on the dates of his funding requests) Ron Paul has made 65 requests for earmarks.
Giving credit where credit is due I’ll say thank you Ron, for having the decency to release to the voters how you wish to spend their money. That said, I’m from Indiana, and don’t see why a libertarian would want my money to investigate, construct, maintain or organize Texas’s eastern shore infrastructure. Nor why a man that believes in the free market would want me to subsidize the shrimp industry. Each and everyone of these earmarks is a state issue, and I think it is disengenuous for him to rail against a federal “cash cow” while he suckles from its teat.
His request forms (which appear to be cover letters) don’t generally say how much he is requesting. They just state what he is requesting money for. His requests seem reasonable unless you listen to how he feels the federal government should work.
My personal problem with earmarks isn’t really about the money. It’s about the fact that supporting local pet projects with federal funds is merely a way of keepig yourself in office. Trust me when I tell you that his list of projects all but ensure’s that Galveston will vote Ron Paul. Man, he hooked up Galveston. If you don’t believe its just buying votes from your local constituents, look how long that fossil Robert Byrd(yeah, former KKK man robert byrd) has remained in office by bringing home the bacon to West Virginia?
It’s wrong…any way you slice it. It’s even more wrong to be a hypocrite about it, and Ron Paul has moved into the hypocrite category on the earmark issue. I guess he ne needed to keep his job, so he sold out his beliefs. fair enough
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