Sunday, August 12, 2007

Political Party Differences on Pork

Perhaps Jon Henke was right when he wrote "I'm never more interested in, and excited about, the Republican Party than when they are the opposition Party; At last, they might be persuaded to actually vote against the State."

While the Congress was under Republican control, it certainly had no shortage of pork. Even during the 2006 congressional race, my congressman, Republican Randy Kuhl, (disappointingly) ran ads about how much money he brought back to our district.

Many Republicans appear to have returned to their roots in this current congress though. And the differences on pork between the parties in the current congress are pretty stark.

The Club For Growth has released their "2007 RePORK Card." Some highlights showing party differences:

  • Sixteen congressmen scored a perfect 100%, voting for all 50 anti-pork amendments. They are all Republicans.

  • The average Republican score was 43%. The average Democratic score was 2%.

  • 105 congressmen scored an embarrassing 0%, voting against every single amendment. The Pork Hall of Shame includes 81 Democrats and 24 Republicans.

  • The Democratic Freshmen scored an abysmal average score of 2%. Their Republican counterparts scored an average score of 78%.

I'd obviously prefer if both parties were at 100%, but having 16 Republicans at that level is a nice start. And the 43% Republican average versus the 2% Democratic average really does contrast where the parties stand.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think that pork is a terrible problem. There is so much money wasted on frivolous items.

But what can we really do other then spread the news?

Its so frustrating being stuck with a system that loves pork! Most citizens hate pork and become frustrated by the high taxes that it causes. But in addition, most citizens want something as long as the "government" is paying for it. They believe that pork is okay as long as its for them. Some even believe that the government can just spend money because the supply is endless!

The solution must be focused on the root problem. That problem is Americans in general don't understand finances. This is evident by the bankruptcies and foreclosures sweeping the nation.

We must teach people responsible money management and shout back against every pork project. If we don't do this, the pork will never stop!