Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What's Behind Foxx's Sudden Conversion?

Madam Virginia Foxx has been piously proclaiming that she's found God RE the Congressional addiction to "earmarks." "I'll do no more earmarks forever," she says.

It's not just the embarrassment over a little teapot museum, either.

Turns out, it's the opening shot in a general Republican Congressional campaign ploy to tag the Democrats as earmarkers, while hoping the public doesn't notice the hypocrisy.

What hypocrisy? Why, between 1995 and 2005, the decade that Madam Foxx's party was running the U.S. House, the number of earmarks jumped from 3,000 to 15,000. Since the Democrats took over in 2007, that number has come down substantially (though not enough, granted).

Madam Foxx felt politically self-righteous enough that she could tell the Statesville Record & Landmark, evidently with a straight face, that "the fault in the highly-criticized [earmark] system lies with those on the other side of the aisle."

Pot, let me introduce you to Kettle.

Foxx is slavishly following the political game-plan laid out by her Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). She's a robot.

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