10/25/11

Obama did not keep his promise to prevent last minute earmarks


Reasons to agree:
  1. Obama, on the campaign trail, back in June 2007: Instead of allowing lobbyists to slip big corporate tax breaks into bills during the dead of night, we will make sure every single tax break and earmark is available to every American online. This builds on the “Google for Government” law I passed in Congress, which already allows you to see every contract, every grant, every dime of federal spending online. It’s time to renew a people’s politics in this country — to ensure that the hopes and concerns of average Americans speak louder in Washington than the hallway whispers of high-priced lobbyists.  Or back in March 2008: “We can no longer accept a process that doles out earmarks based on a member of Congress’ seniority, rather than the merit of the project.” Or, you know, maybe we can accept that process, at least for a little while longer. Today: Obama administration officials Sunday announced that despite expressed “concerns” with the billions in earmarks contained in the $410 billion omnibus spending bill — and campaign pledges to “slash earmarks by more than half” — the President would sign the bill. Taxpayers for Common Sense says the bill contains 8,570 earmarks at a cost of $7.7 billion. An estimated 60% of the earmarks are from Democrats, while Republicans requested the remaining 40%.


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Probable interest of those who agree:
  1. They agree with the argument, outside of any interest or alterior motivation (30%)
  2. Confirmation bias (you decide that you don't like Obama, and so this becomes the prism that you see him. People always root for the home team, because over time they start to show interest, and then each new story tells them they were correct. When the other team acts badly, you get mad. When your team acts badly, you feel justified. You continue to identify with Obama, because you once did). 
  3. Your a Republican. He is on the other team. He is the enemy. 
  4. Party Affiliation Group-ism (Republican)
  5. Racism.
  6. Political laziness and issue crossover (15%)
Probable interest of those who disagree:

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