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Obama’s Name Is Erased From Earmark

From the Congressionally Quarterly:

Congress to Erase Obama’s Name From Earmark

By Jonathan Allen, CQ Staff

February 26, 2009

Congress will scrub President Obama’s name from a list of earmark cosponsors in the $410 billion omnibus spending bill.

The reason: Whether Obama cosponsored the earmark depends on what the definition of earmark is and when an earmark becomes an earmark, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The provision itself is still considered an earmark, and it’s staying in the bill (HR 1105) — but it’s losing the Obama brand.

As of Thursday, Obama’s name appeared along with three dozen other senators as a cosponsor of a $7.7 million line item for vocational training at two schools run by American Indian groups in New Mexico and North Dakota.

The White House objected to the characterization of the provision as an earmark — a sensitive topic, given that Obama said he didn’t request any earmarks in 2008.

Subsequently, Senate Appropriations Committee spokesman Rob Blumenthal said Obama’s name would be removed from future versions of the congressional report identifying earmarks and their sponsors. Other senators listed with him as cosponsors will be judged on a case-by-case basis.

How It Happened

According to Blumenthal, the public record and a private letter from senators to the Appropriations Committee, this is how Obama was identified as an earmark cosponsor:

In April 2008, Obama was one of numerous senators who wrote a letter requesting more funding for Perkins Career and Technical Education programs that were due for a cut under President George W. Bush ’s budget

When putting the omnibus together, the committee was required to list the sponsors and cosponsors of every earmark. For this one, they based their sponsorship list on the original April letter…

Splitting Hairs?

It’s all semantics, says Tom Schatz, head of the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste.

Writing to the Appropriations Committee and asking for an increase over the president’s budget for even a broad program, such as Perkins, is a request for “pork” in Schatz’s book. “They’re just parsing words,” he said

In some ways Mr. Obama’s self-styled labels are correct.

His administration is one of the most ‘transparent’ ever.

And speaking of transparency, the photo at the top was taken next to the Moscow Canal when Nikolai Yezhov was Stalin’s ‘Water Commissar.’ After he fell from power, he was arrested, shot, and removed from the photo by the censors.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, February 27th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Obama’s Name Is Erased From Earmark”

  1. pharaohjoe

    He told us how much regard he had for the truth and transparency in the speech he stole from Deval Patrick via David Axelrod: “It’s just words.”

  2. GetBackJack

    Thank you Sweetness! Dang near nobody ever knew that Communists ( what we now call photoshopped) EVERY photo of Lenin and Stalin, often airbrushing out whom they would, inserting whom they would, all the time. The running bet is that the only authentic actual real photo of Lenin is his state funeral photograph, and hell, maybe not even that. The Communists NEVER let a picture out that hadn’t been CREATED on purpose for very specific political reasons.

  3. brad

    Is it pork? It all depends on what “is” is.

  4. proreason

    Sales of “Atlas Shrugged” are up 3 times 2008 volume.

  5. jobeth

    If only it were that easy to just erase the “I Won” person and insert a prez with values, convictions, and brains.

    Ahhh, the wonder of photo shop hasn’t gotten that advanced yet.

  6. VMAN

    I think there will be allot of things erased before the O hole is gone. He’s going to make Nixon look like and amateur. I understand he won’t even allow photos taken of him.

  7. jrmcdonald

    “Some Animals are more equal than others”

  8. beautyofreason

    Your inclusion of Stalin’s censored imagery is brilliant . :)

  9. Gladius et Scutum

    Vocational training for Native Americans? Hell, with the economy Obama is giving them, I recommend a cirriculum of: Settlement Raiding, Creative Scalping, Bison Hunting, Flint Knapping, Dealing with Cavalry Charges, etc. You know, the growth industries under “Great Buffalo Chief of Pale Face”.

  10. MinnesotaRush

    Shouldn’t the title read “Obama & Company to Erase Obama’s Name from Earmark”???

    Will they be using the same eraser as always? Is that like erasing one’s white heritage as well??? Just lookin’ for some clarification here.

  11. TwilightZoned

    Erasing…truly transparent. Another fine example of the definition by BO. “Now ya see me, now ya don’t.”




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