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.