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(Politico)   McConnell slammed for actually bringing work home   (politico.com) divider line 12
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2014-03-11 09:28:38 AM
Hey! Where would those poor lettuce farmers be with out Mitch's help?
 
2014-03-11 09:30:05 AM
When they elected him, they didn't understand that they wouldn't be rewarded with actual barrels of pork.
 
2014-03-11 09:54:41 AM
Y'know, while I don't like wasteful spending, I don't think 'pork' or earmarks are necessarily a bad thing. They seemed to be the grease in the wheels of politics that allowed compromise.

But hey, it's spending MY money on other people, and I don't like that! My money should be spent on ME AND ME ALONE!
 
2014-03-11 09:59:09 AM
Politico seems to give credit for the earmark ban to the GOP, which I think is inaccurate. TFA says "following the GOP takeover of the House" when I believe that the ban started in the Senate, and "Republican Cornyn supported the ban".
I was lead to believe that Sen. Claire McCaskill was instrumental in the Senate's ban, and that the House followed suit because politics.
 
2014-03-11 10:00:34 AM
Meh.  Plays well on the national level, sure; but trying to use this for the state primary, Bevin's going to quickly discover that Kentuckians actually aren't all that shy about loving pork projects.  It's a big reason why McConnell's been kept around as long as he has.
 
2014-03-11 10:03:00 AM
Before earmarks were banned in 2010 following the GOP takeover of the House,

No wonder the Republicans never pass any legislation anymore.
 
2014-03-11 10:44:43 AM

Wasteland: Meh.  Plays well on the national level, sure; but trying to use this for the state primary, Bevin's going to quickly discover that Kentuckians actually aren't all that shy about loving pork projects.  It's a big reason why McConnell's been kept around as long as he has.


Dirty little secret of politics:  Everybody loves pork projects, if they're the ones who benefit.  It's only pork when it's going elsewhere.
 
2014-03-11 10:46:52 AM
Despite more than $90 million in federal funds, the MTTC and the nonprofit that ran it officially went belly up last year.

But remember:  according to Mitch McConnell, the government should not be "picking winners and losers."
 
2014-03-11 11:11:31 AM
How's that free market working out for ya?  To me, it appears this "business" could not support itself without federal assistance.
 
2014-03-11 11:14:34 AM

Summercat: Y'know, while I don't like wasteful spending, I don't think 'pork' or earmarks are necessarily a bad thing. They seemed to be the grease in the wheels of politics that allowed compromise.

But hey, it's spending MY money on other people, and I don't like that! My money should be spent on ME AND ME ALONE!


Each senator is doing what s/he can to serve the interests of the state, and its constituents,  they were elected to represent.  Earmarks for state and municipal use, for state headquartered companies and industry, sure.  Earmarks for tycoons and their companies that poured millions of dollars into campaign funding (to save thousands, if you don't count the "pork") and have never personally set foot in the state you were elected to represent, not so much.
 
2014-03-11 11:22:29 AM

Dog Welder: Despite more than $90 million in federal funds, the MTTC and the nonprofit that ran it officially went belly up last year.

But remember:  according to Mitch McConnell, the government should not be "picking winners and losers."


SirLothar: How's that free market working out for ya?  To me, it appears this "business" could not support itself without federal assistance.


FTA:  The U.S. Navy was the prime customer for the MTTC and Innovative Productivity Inc., the Louisville-based nonprofit parent organization that ran it. IPI also operated the National Surface Treatment Center, which focused on developing low-maintenance paint coatings for warships.

Not really sure what sort of customers they'd have other than the federal government, unless private boaters are using warship paint these days.  So whether it was the Navy not using as much paint (i mean, low-maintenance would mean I wouldn't have to paint as often, which means I'm not going to buy as much as your product) , going with other suppliers, company mismanagement, etc... Either there's a dirty paper trail or else the ear marks are simply Mitch's securing gigs for the company w/the Navy.
 
2014-03-11 11:37:22 AM
Mitch McConnell: "LOOK AT ME! I'M A WHORE!"
 
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