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Sen. Jim Demint seeks citizens’ support in “100,000 Strong for Earmark
posted November 3, 2007
I need you to join 100,000 Strong for Earmark Reform today by visiting
www.jimdemint.com. In 1987, Ronald Reagan vetoed a bill that had 121
earmarks, saying "I haven't seen this much lard since I handed out blue
ribbons at the Iowa State Fair."
By 2005, this corrupting system exploded as we stuffed 13,997 wasteful
earmarks into spending bills, including the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska
and the Teapot Museum in North Carolina. In fact, just since 2000,
Congress has spent more than $170 BILLION of your tax dollars on these
pork barrel projects.
Today Democrats rule Congress, Republicans have quit acting like
Republicans, wasteful spending has become the norm, and our nation's
capital has become a place where it seems that the words
"conservativism" and "integrity" have lost their meaning. Reagan
conservatives are rightly upset as politicians have continuously
betrayed our trust.
If my words sound dreary, it is because I think about the hundreds of
thousands of conservative activists around the country who have worked
for years to send Republicans to Washington. Those activists have been
let down by politicians who decry our mounting national debt during
campaign season and yet return to Washington and continue to spend hand
over fist at the expense of American taxpayers. Who can blame Americans
for losing trust in Republicans last November?
The bipartisan culture of corruption in Washington is best seen in the
use of earmarks - pork barrel spending inserted into legislation in the
dead of night. Some politicians might try to use earmarks to influence
voters, but American taxpayers aren't buying it. They see wasteful
projects for what they are... higher taxes and a reckless use of
resources in the face of a looming health care and social security
crisis. Some members of Congress may have lost their way, but
Republicans all across America know exactly what needs to be done.
It's time to change the culture of corruption in Washington and it
begins by eliminating earmarks.
But I can't do it alone. It's time to take the fight to the ground.
That's why I'm using my campaign resources to build 100,000 Strong for
Using new online technologies and a new state of the art website at
we are recruiting 100,000 supporters across the
nation to pressure Congress into passing real earmark reform. That's
where you come in.
I need you to join 100,000 Strong for Earmark Reform. Just visit
www.jimdemint.com and sign our petition. In the next few weeks, I will
submit your petition to my fellow members of Congress. I will then
contact you immediately to let you know what you can do to help.
I hope I can count on your help to reform a broken Washington and close
down the Congressional favor factory.
US Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC)
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