House Republicans Vote To Ban Earmarks

The Hill reports:

House Republicans approved a conference-wide moratorium on earmarks on Thursday, one day after a House committee enacted a ban on for-profit earmarks.

The Republicans’ moratorium is more extensive than the House Appropriations Committee’s ban in that it applies to all earmarks for all members of the caucus.

The moratorium was passed via a “strong” voice vote, according to Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), who participated in the nearly two-hour-long conference meeting.

Hat tip: Drew at AoSHQ, who notes that this is also a victory for the tea party movement.


Pence Discusses Earmark Moratorium and Massa ethics probe on MSNBC (video)

Pence, the Chairman of the House Republican Conference, delivered these remarks today after the House Republican Conference approved the moratorium on all earmarks:

“Federal spending is out of control and the American people know it. Earmarks have become emblematic of everything that is wrong with spending here in Washington D.C. Today, after a marathon debate within the House Republican Conference, House Republicans have determined to renounce earmark requests of all kinds in this Congress, and the American people won that debate.

“By standing in favor of a moratorium on earmarks in this Congress, House Republicans are making a clean break from the past. We are offering the American people a fresh start on spending in Washington, D.C. We are offering the American people a new way forward. With the health care reform bill being debated and haggled about in these very hallways, no doubt earmarks are being talked about in a different way by the Democrat Majority. After the ‘Cornhusker Kickback,’ the ‘Gatorade Deal,’ the ‘Second Louisiana Purchase,’ the American people want us to change business as usual in Washington D.C.

“The contrast will be startling in the days ahead.  No doubt as Democrats are making backroom deals, and offering earmarks to pass their government takeover of health care, today with one voice House Republicans have stepped forward and said, ‘The time has come to set aside earmarking as usual and begin the process of turning federal spending back over to the American people with a new course, new discipline, and new transparency.'”


Billboard: Now It’s Personal

Just received this via email:

The attached photo is of a billboard recently established on I-75 just south of Lake City.  A group gathered there today to celebrate its unveiling. The cost of 10 months rental of the billboard and doing the artwork was $6500.  We feel that is a reasonable cost to reach out to 1,000,000 vehicles per month and perhaps motivate their participation in the electoral process to get our country on a sound footing.


Video:Some Rare Moments Of Honesty From Dems On ObamaCare

I can’t see any way for the Dems to pass this thing.

Michael Barone said yesterday:

It’s beginning to look like the goal of health care legislation was a bridge too far. There’s a reason it’s hard to pass unpopular legislation on party-line votes. It’s not the Senate rules. It’s called democracy.

Is it too early to do a victory dance?


ACORN Kicked Out Of Ohio

Great news from the Columbus Dispatch:

ACORN, the liberal group notorious for allegedly trying to inflate voter rolls through fraudulent practices, has seen its last election in Ohio.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now will permanently surrender its Ohio business license by June1 as part of a legal settlement with the conservative Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, both sides said yesterday.

ACORN was active in Ohio in the 2006 and 2008 elections, working to register thousands of low-income people to vote and get them to the polls. The group’s efforts were marred by irregularities, including one case in which ACORN workers allegedly induced a Cleveland man to register to vote 72 times, offering cigarettes as an incentive.

Hat tip: Lucianne

Not all news on the ACORN front, today is good. Liberal blogs are celebrating this decision, today, which is just a reaffirmation of what a federal judge said in December:

A federal judge retained her position that it is unconstitutional for Congress to prevent funding for the activist group ACORN after a government request that she reconsider.

U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon cemented her earlier decision in December and made the injunction against government intervention permanent, asking all federal agencies to spread the word that money to ACORN be allowed without delay.

The judge wrote that it was “unmistakable that Congress determined ACORN’s guilt before defunding it.” Congress may investigate ACORN but cannot “rely on the negative results of a congressional or executive report as a rationale to impose a broad, punitive funding ban on a specific, named organization.”

Can the judge please explain why it’s constitutional for the American taxpayer to fund this corrupt arm of the Democrat party? I’ve never understood that.


Good news at Big Government for Breitbart and Co:

A state court in Baltimore has dismissed ACORN’s lawsuit against James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles, and LLC after the plaintiffs failed to serve the complaint on the defendants within Maryland’s 120-day limit.


Big Government: Obama Justice Dept Spikes ACORN Investigation, Judicial Watch Releases FBI Documents

Welcome AoSHQ morons! Would it kill you people to comment? Sheesh!


The Time For Talk Is Deja-vu All Over Again

Obama said it again in St. Charles, MO, Wednesday,  as he tried to “rally support” for his fledgling health care legislation :

“The time to talk is over. It’s time to vote,” he said. “I don’t know about the politics, but I know that it is the right thing to do and that is why I am fighting so hard to get it done.”

If the time for talk is over, why does he keep talking?

I love the mash-up Ed Morrissey made for his Obamateurism of the day, so much, I’m afraid I’m going to have to borrow it:

I visited this issue back in December, when the phrase had already become cringe-inducing: The Time To Say “The Time For Talk Is Over” Is Over

Obama, Dec. 18, 2009:

“I have to be honest, as the world watches us … I think our ability to take collective action is in doubt and it hangs in the balance,” Obama told the COP-15 plenary session as hope faded for anything more than a vague political agreement.

When Obama stews about “the world” watching…are Americans included in that equation? Because I can assure him, that most Americans watching this farce are rooting for it to fall apart completely. But I don’t think he really cares what Americans think.

“The time for talk is over, this is the bottom line: We can embrace this accord, take a substantial step forward. We can do that, and everyone who is in this room will be part of an historic endeavor, or we can choose delay,” he said.

Here are some more times when talk was allegedly “over”:

Obama on the (now failed) Stimulus package Feb 5, 2009:

“The time for talk is over,” he added. “The time for action is now, because we know that if we do not act, a bad situation will become dramatically worse. Crisis could turn into catastrophe for families and businesses across the country.”

Obama on health care legislation, July 21, 2009:

“The time for talk is through.” President Obama, talking to liberal bloggers on a conference call Monday night.

Obama on health care legislation, September 9, 2009:

“The time for bickering” over health care is over.


Obama to Israel:

“It is past time to stop talking about starting negotiations,” Obama said before talks that included the two leaders as well as senior officials from the U.S., Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Talks “must begin and begin soon.”

Obama campaigning For Creigh Deeds, August 7, 2009:

“I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.”

Let me be clear…it’s time to retire “the time for talk is over” cliche.


Jennifer Rubin reminds us of Obama’s words to John McCain during the health care summit: “The campaign is over”.

Apparently not.

See also:

Ace: Obama Begins Final Sales Pitch, With Assist From AP