A few weeks ago, I called on the President and Congress to listen to the demands for real change coming from the American people in campaign '08 and to act immediately -- without waiting for the election.
Speaking directly to the President and Congress, this is what I said:
"The country is speaking loudly and clearly. The American people are rejecting the special interests, and the bureaucratic status quo in Washington. The question for you now is: What are you going to do about it?"
Well, today at least on one front, the answer is in. President Bush and the Congress, led by House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio), are leading an all-out fight for real change by ending the undemocratic, corrupt practice of pork-barrel spending through earmarks.
Funny, a couple years ago the Republicans could have cared less that earmarks were "undemocratic" and "corrupt" and "pork-barrel."
I don't know if the $5 million the federal government dumped into leveling the 4,000 foot main runway at our little airport a couple years ago was an earmark, but it certainly came from a Republican congress and a Republican White House. Mind you they didn't extend the runway or even widen it by much, just leveled it out and in the process, laid down a base strong enough to launch a C5 Galaxy, not that they'll ever be doing that, mind you. I can't help but wonder how much of that $5 million wound up back in Republican campaigns.
Well good, under the guidance of George Bush and Newt Gingrich and representative Boehner, the Democrats are to have their filthy hands held to the fire. Maybe then America will give Congress back to the Republicans so Republican earmarks can once again flow like a river to nowhere from Washington.
Way to go, Newt.