Monday, May 07, 2007

Mark Tapscott: Which part of ‘stop’ don’t they understand? -

Mark Tapscott: Which part of ‘stop’ don’t they understand? - "The Democrats have all but abandoned their campaign promises. Now they hide behind a cynical veil of excuse and delay. The Senate and House approved earmark and other ethics reforms earlier this year. Yet nobody now seems interested in working out differences between the two reform packages, so the new rules can go into effect.

Meanwhile, 2007 and 2008 spending bills are being larded up with new anonymous earmarks, with leading Democrats openly defending the practice. They are like drunks who remained sober for a dozen years, but then fell off the wagon and now it’s as if they never stopped boozing.

For their part, lots of Republicans are talking a good case, claiming to have gotten November’s message loud and clear. They’ve won some legislative victories, mainly in the Senate, thanks to the persistence of Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who are reinvigorating the gadfly role not seen in this town since Wisconsin Democrat Sen. William Proxmire was handing out monthly Golden Fleece awards."