Remember in the halcyon days leading up to the midterms how many tea-party candidates ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility, drastically reduced spending, and balanced budget governance? Well, it seems many of the ones who've signed on to Michelle Bachmann's Tea-Party Caucus are among the worst pork-barrel offenders....
From NationalJournal -- Members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus may tout their commitment to cutting government spending now, but they used the 111th Congress to request hundreds of earmarks that, taken cumulatively, added more than $1 billion to the federal budget.
According to a Hotline review of records compiled by Citizens Against Government Waste, the 52 members of the caucus, which pledges to cut spending and reduce the size of government, requested a total of 764 earmarks valued at $1,049,783,150 during Fiscal Year 2010, the last year for which records are available.
Bachmann and 13 others in the caucus did not request any earmarks. If these representatives who were elected with tea-party support morph into the same big-spending republicans their predecessors were, they'll likely get thrown out after only one term. The tea parties didn't organize and throw the democrats out of power only to be used by smarmy republicans to get elected and then ignored.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, unless the earmark is a road, bridge, school, or some other public work, no...NO money should be taken from one group of taxpayers and used for the benefit of another group.