Earmarks were used to bribe Republicans to support the prescription drug benefit and TARP. Earmarks were used to bribe Democrats to support Obamacare. Earmarks are a drug and the GOP, to absolve itself of its own sins, publicly declared that House Republicans would give up the very corrupting practice.
But it was all for show, or so it seems. House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) declares earmarks will be back in full swing once the GOP takes back Congress.
With Eric Cantor (R-VA) already talking about a rollback of the Republican ban on earmarks if they reclaim majority status, limited government activists can be sure that our message has NOT gotten through to the establishment GOP in DC. This is sad. It reminds me a lot of what happened in '94 when the Contract With America helped sweep the GOP back into power. Dick Armey commented that term limits were no longer necessary as the GOP was back in power. Nice, eh?
Apparently, the GOP in DC continues to miss the point of the rallies and protests. When Tea Parties were started, average Americans had finally reached the overflow point -- federal government had overstepped its bounds TOO many times with TOO much of our money. We began searching for a deeper understanding of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. WE re-learned our American history and civics. WE found ourselves enlightened and appreciative of the intelligence, sacrifice, and honor of our founders. Unfortunately, now WE seem to be the only ones who get it.
Eric Erickson's piece, "Meet the New Boss," is dead on. It's depressing but he's definitely called it like a lot of us see it. It's apparently time to figure out a new game plan, folks, because Cantor and others on The Hill don't get it. Handing the Dems a pink slip is only a start... they all need to come home and we need to replace them with patriots who put the Constitution first.
It's a daunting task and one that makes me wonder if We the People have finally let They the Congress get so far out of control that we will never be able to rein them back in to their Constitutional boundaries.