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Senate Republicans Split on Earmark Ban

Have they learned nothing from the last two elections?

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Howard Nemerov

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November 14, 2010 - 12:00 am
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What is the attitude of the democrat when political rights are under discussion?

When it is time to vote, apparently the voter is not to be asked for any guarantee of his wisdom. His will and capacity to choose wisely are taken for granted. Can the people be mistaken? Are we not living in an age of enlightenment? What! Are the people always to be kept on leashes? Have they not won their rights by effort and sacrifice? Have they not given ample proof of their intelligence and wisdom? Are they not adults? Are they not capable of judging for themselves? Do they not know what is best for themselves? Is there a class or a man who would be so bold as to set himself above the people, and judge and act for them? No, no, the people are and should be free. They desire to manage their own affairs, and they shall do so.

But when the legislator is finally elected – ah! Then indeed does the tone of his speech undergo a radical change. The people are returned to passiveness, inertness, and unconsciousness; the legislator enters into omnipotence. Now it is for him to initiate, to direct, to propel, and to organize. Mankind has only to submit; the hour of despotism has struck. We now observe this fatal idea: the people who, during the election, were so wise, so moral, and so perfect, now have no tendencies whatever; or if they have any, they are tendencies that lead downward into degradation. ––Frederic Bastiat, The Law, pages 60-61

Politico reports:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is maneuvering behind the scenes to defeat a conservative plan aimed at restricting earmarks, setting up a high-stakes showdown that pits the GOP leader and his “Old Bull” allies against Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and a new breed of conservative senators.

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe called an earmark ban a “phony issue.” He added: “The ban doesn’t accomplish anything.”

Wrong, Mr. Inhofe.

What it accomplishes is:

  • That you can show the American people some respect.
  • Proving we have not voted in vain, that D.C. politicians are beginning to get it that they work for us.
  • That the people can trust you to carry out our directives as our elected representative.

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