President Obama, I have a question. Very often during your campaign for President, you were adamant about eliminating earmarks. You stated that you would go line by line in every bill looking for earmarks and have the earmarks eliminated before you sign the bill into law. The current $410 Billion Omnibus Bill before the Senate and passed by the House, with your encouragement and support, contains nearly 9,000 earmarks. Some of these earmarks are absolutely insane, especially in a time of fiscal crisis. One item in the Senate version of the bill was an earmark submitted by you when you were a Senator from Illinois. This earmark has now had your name removed, but it is yours just the same, because while you name was removed, the earmark remains in the bill – you did not eliminate your own earmark.
Perhaps, after the Stimulus Bill, The American Recovery Act, it is too soon to challenge you on this earmark thing, because we have been told by you and you’re your spokesman, Mr. Gibbs, that the Stimulus bill did not contain any earmarks. However, we know this was true only in the technical sense, but if pork looks like an earmark, spends like an earmark, is not debated like an earmark, and is slipped in like an earmark, then it is an earmark. The current Omnibus Bill earmarks explanation from your Mr. Gibbs is even more strange. It is that these were last years earmarks and thus don’t count toward your pledge. Please understand that I and many others find this to be a moronic, disingenuous explanation from the Obama Administration.
For two years you campaigned against earmarks and yet you will not come out against last years, as yet to become law, earmarks? Mr. Obama, will you veto this bill if it ever gets through the Senate? This pork laden earmark filled (9,000) bill was written by the Democratic leadership in the House. Even that ultra small band of fiscally conservative former Democrat colleagues of yours in the Senate are choking on this bill and are joining the Republicans in fighting this bill. If they have come out against it, why haven’t you?
Mr. Obama, I have noticed a pattern in your positions. You have verbal positions that are presented to the people and you tell us what we want to hear and you have actionable positions on the same issue that are just the opposite of what you told us. You did promise transparency, so is this lack of transparency in your actions on purpose? Can we expect this I will tell you one thing and regularly do the opposite to continue throughout your term of office? Yes I said one question, but I got carried away.