This post on the Flash Report covers Rep. John Campbell’s fight against an earmark for Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York.
Mr. Flieschman opines:
We’re all very proud of Campbell who in his short time on Capitol Hill has garnered a reputation for being one of the most dogmatic fiscal watchdogs in Congress.
Fiscal watchfdog?Ã‚Â John Campbell?Ã‚Â Really?Ã‚Â
I pinged Steve Young, who’s hoping three times is a charm against Rep. Campbell.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Steve hasÃ‚Â been taking notes on Mr. Campbell’s earmarks.Ã‚Â Here’s what he has to say:Ã‚Â Having listened to Mr. CampbellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s speech, I am reminded of DisraeliÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s observation that “A Conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.”Ã‚Â Mr. Campbell does not oppose the $2 Million expenditure, rather he opposes putting Rep RangleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name on the building.Ã‚Â Mr. Campbell claims he is the Ã¢â‚¬Å“deficit hawkÃ¢â‚¬Â but continues to support the borrow and squander policies of the right wing.
I offer as evidence, Mr. CampbellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vote with the Republican majority last year to pass HR 5672.Ã‚Â This pork laden Republican bill included:
1.Ã‚Â $3 million for Operations of the Office on Right-Sizing the United States Government’s Overseas Presence (Could Mr. Campbell tell us what that means?);
2.Ã‚Â $1 million for Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development;
3.Ã‚Â $250,000 for the Montana World Trade Center;
4.Ã‚Â and several appropriations directly to the Bronx:
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â a.Ã‚Â $300,000 for the Bronx Council for Marketing of Local Business Art Initiatives; and
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â b.Ã‚Â $250,000 for the Bronx on-the-water Learning Program.Ã‚Â
I could go on, but these are sufficient to show my point.