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Ron Paul - Why so many Earmarks?

March 11th, 2009

Ron Paul is a generally a pretty smart guy. I agree with a lot of the things he says. I like the idea of limited federal government. Fiscal conservatism. Free-market capitalism. These are all great things that I generally agree with Ron Paul on. So now I have a question for him. Why in the world do you put your name next to so many earmarks?

Now I realize that the amount of money spent on earmarks is a tiny percentage of our national budget. There are more important things that we should worry about and that we shouldn’t quibble about such an insignificant amount of money. That pretty much exactly what he says in his book, The Revolution: A Manifesto. I have a problem with this though.

In the recently passed Omnibus spending bill, 7991 earmarks added up to over 5.5 billion dollars spent. Now that is still a small percentage, and I agree that there are a lot of other things that need to go, but this needs to go along with that other junk. It is a ridiculous process that should not be happening. For a Congressman that makes his career based limited federal government, 95 million spent on 24 different earmarks is hypocritical and counter-productive to his message. That was even more than Nancy Pelosi. Although she had 33 earmarks, they added up to only 73 million.

It is amazing what you find when you look through some information on earmarks. Tennessee Representative Zach Wamp, who only a few months ago was sponsoring an earmark reform bill, has his name next to 17 earmarks totaling 52 million. I’m not sure what message he is going for here, but it isn’t fiscal conservatism.

A very bright spot for me was another Tennessee Representative. Marsha Blackburn. She accounted for all of 0 earmarks totaling $0. That is what a fiscal conservative looks like. Complete opposite of the message the Ron Paul is sending. The message is that she is not going to participate in our broken system just because she can if she wants to. She is going to stand up for her principles. She is going to try and change the system, not just be a part of it.

For all the things that Ron Paul stands up against, I don’t understand why he continues to look past this one and just goes with the flow. Tell me, just what part of the earmark process fits in with your view of small, limited government Congressman Paul?

Information on the earmarks is from taxpayer.net. Very good site to check out for anyone interested.

For some of things I agree with Dr. Paul on, check out a few of the articles I’ve done in the past on him.
3 RINO Senators, Ron Paul, and the Stimulus Package
10 Things You Might Not Know About Ron Paul
“Nationalization … Without a Whimper”
Review of The Revolution: A Manifesto

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  1. Mickey White
    March 11th, 2009 at 12:47 | #1

    Marsha Blackburn is the Queen of Pork!
    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    She is no conservative.
    See her unconstitutional votes at :

  2. Private-Freedom
    March 12th, 2009 at 00:01 | #2
  3. March 12th, 2009 at 08:35 | #3

    I’ve heard Ron Paul’s argument for earmarks, but it is the fact that the money is not going to something federal money should be going to. One district should be benefiting at the expense of the rest. The system needs changed. The money shouldn’t be spent just because it needs to be spent. He says, well the money is there if I don’t spend it Obama will. That isn’t how it should be. Fight back. The money clearly isn’t there. We are 11 trillion dollars in debt. Fight the spending, don’t just say you don’t want Obama to spend it so you are gonna.