PatriotPost.usBy Mark Alexander Â· Thursday, November 18, 2010 Start by identifying expenditures and taxes which are not expressly authorized by our Constitution, and schedule them for termination "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents." --James Madison With a new Republican House majority on the way, the first real test of whether they will part ways with old spending habits met with a mixed response.
House Republicans lined up behind John Boehner, the speaker-elect of the House for the 112th Congress, and House Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor, pledging overwhelming support for a measure to eliminate earmarks -- those small (merely $15.9 billion) and unrelated special-interest add-ons attached to spending bills. However, as the gateway drug to bribing and cajoling our elected representatives, earmarks have become fodder for an insidious wink-and-nod spending mentality that has corrupted our legislative process.
Apparently, even most moderate Republicans in the People's House received the memo from the midterm election. They seem to understand that there's a Great Awakening of conservatives outside the Beltway -- conservatives who are going to hold them to their oaths to abide1 by the plain language of our Constitution and the Rule of Law it enshrines.
However, over in the House of Lords, (a.k.a. the Senate), where members are less accountable to their constituents because they only stand for re-election every six years, some Republicans were a little fuzzy on the midterm message and failed to hear the objections to earmarks.
Chief among them was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who, as you recall, supported like-minded establishment Republican, Trey Grayson, over Kentucky's Tea Party2 favorite and now Senator-elect Rand Paul. McConnell, who swindled taxpayers out of $113 million for his own pet earmarks in 2009 alone, has been slow to embrace the fact that there's a new constitutional posse on the way to town. That posse will not kowtow to the old-boy Republicans who turned their back on the great conservative revolution launched by Ronald Reagan3 some three decades ago.