Our Generation Joins Coalition to Stop Return of Earmarks

Our Generation signed onto a coalition letter addressed to the entire House of Representatives urging them not to backslide on their earmark moratorium.  See the letter below:

April 11, 2012

Dear Representative:

 

 

On behalf of the millions of taxpayers our organizations represent, we write to express our serious concerns about comments made by Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) supporting the reinstitution of congressional earmarks.  According to a March 30, 2012 Reuters article, “In a closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans, [Mike] Rogers recommended reviving a proven legislative sweetener that became politically toxic a year ago.  Bring back earmarks, Rogers, who was first elected to Congress in 2002, told his colleagues.”  Let us be clear, any attempt to bring back earmarks would be fiscally irresponsible and be a slap in the face of taxpayers.

 

Earmarks have been the bribery currency of Congress for many years, as both parties used them to buy votes, bring federal dollars to their district and ultimately get re-elected.  Former members of Congress including Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.) were sent to jail for accepting bribes to secure earmarks.  Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff also spent time in jail in connection with earmarks promised to clients.  The notorious “Bridge to Nowhere” earmark became a national symbol of government waste.  Unfortunately, our nation’s history is now full of examples of wasteful spending due to the practice of congressional earmarking.  Some of the most egregious examples include:  $50,000,000 for an indoor rain forest in Iowa; $500,000 for a teapot museum; and $100,000 for the Tiger Woods Foundation.

 

Earmarks circumvent established budgetary processes and procedures and further exacerbate taxpayers’ cynicism of Washington, D.C.  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has called earmarks “the gateway drug to spending addiction in Washington.”  The current $15 trillion national debt is partly due to Congress being more concerned about earmarks than the financial well-being of the country.

 

In 2010, the House and Senate agreed to a two year moratorium on earmarks, yet there were reports of Congress backsliding on this promise – with earmarks being found in the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills.

 

The undersigned groups urge you to show fiscal responsibility and eliminate earmarks once and for all.

 

 

 

David Williams                                                                                   Andrew Moylan

Taxpayers Protection Alliance                                                   National Taxpayers Union

 

Chris Chocola                                                                                     Grover Norquist

Club for Growth                                                                               Americans for Tax Reform

Jim Martin                                                                                           Tom Schatz

60 Plus Association                                                                         Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

 

 

Mattie Duppler                                                                                 Seton Motley

Cost of Government Center                                                       Less Government

 

MacMillin Slobodien                                                                       Brian Baker

Our Generation                                                                                                Ending Spending

 

Jeff Mazzella                                                                                      Ryan Alexander

Center For Individual Freedom                                                 Taxpayers for Common Sense

 

Ron Wall

Wasted America                                                                              WashingtonWatch.com

 

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