Fiscal Hawk, Emanuel Cleaver Proposes “Mother Of All Earmarks” $48BM To Redistribute Wealth To “Under Served Communities”


What happened to Emanuel Cleaver’s Facebook “Savings Spotlights” posts  from last summer?

I so enjoyed those – because it almost looked like a liberal Dem was taking the deficit seriously, and was finally trying to rein in spending. A cynic might have suspected that one of the most left-wing members of Congress, a member of the progressive (DSA) caucus, and Fidel Castro fan, was simply offering bromides to a public sick to death of Washington’s wild spending, during an election year. But not me. Those Savings Spotlight posts had me totally convinced that Cleaver was turning over a new leaf.

Here’s a sample post, chosen at random:

•Emanuel Cleaver II SAVINGS SPOTLIGHT: Since 2009, I have voted time and time again for measures that reduce the deficit, crack down on wasteful government spending, and impose fiscal discipline. For example, I was proud to support the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act (now law), which reinstituted a requirement to offset new policies that increase mandatory spending or reduce revenues, giving it the force of law.

So you can imagine my shock (and awe) when I read this:

In the midst of a colossal global concern for the economic stability of our great nation, Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri’s 5th Congressional District representative, has one small earmark on his wish list that deserves some attention.

Cleaver has listed a new earmark — one of several — and he promises to “fight for every one.” But this is a whopping $48 billion package that must go down as the grandaddy of all earmarks.

Proposed by a gentleman named Lamar Mickens, president of the not-for-profit Quality Day Campus, the $48 billion earmark would funnel money into the inner cities to give money to the poor and thereby produce a much larger consumer class to buy the goods and services produced in this country.

Just call this redistribution on steroids.

Cleaver’s office says this of the proposal:

“The Epicenter is a proposed estimated $48 billion (Phase One) mass scale urban reclamation project for combating, reducing, reversing and/or eliminating poverty within under served communities by utilizing mass scale economic redevelopment to bring about stability and self reliance.

“Phase one“?

The Epicenter

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5) requests $48,000,000,000 for:
Quality Day Campus, Inc.

As Ace says:

I’m thinking if 48 billion is the foot in the door, Phase Two has got to involve real money.


Pardon me… I think I’m going to be sick, now.


Cleaver is saying that outrageous earmark was posted on his website in the interest of “transparency”, but that he had never proposed it, himself.

Via the Blaze:

Cleaver’s communications director, Danny Rotert, told The Blaze Thursday that the story is a case of the blogosphere run amok and the notion the congressman would ask such an appropriation is ridiculous. According to Rotert, the $48 billion request was posted on the congressman’s website in accordance with his commitment to transparency for his constituents.

Indeed, the Wall Street Journal also confirmed with press assistant Mary Petrovic that the earmark request was never given a second thought.  “We did not propose it, we do not promote it, and we did not submit it to the House Appropriations Committee,” Petrovic said.

Lamar Mickens, the head of the non-profit that made the request, said he wants the money to construct apartments, museums and social services centers in the eastern urban core of Kansas City, but said he did not know if Mr. Cleaver acted on the request. Mr. Cleaver’s office also declined to tell Taxpayers for Common Sense whether the congressman asked for the money.

I beg to differ that the notion that a Congressman would ask for such an appropriation is ridiculous. Nothing should be considered out of the question  for the 111th Congress.


Via Gateway Pundit, according to Cleaver’s website, the 48B earmark was indeed one of the appropriations he listed as being requested by his office, and although he acknowledges that not all of these “projects” will be funded, he vows to “fight for every one he submits”:


Earmarks are funds requested by a Member of Congress to be placed in an appropriation bill. These bills fund the government’s many programs and operations and carry with them federal funds that can be used by local governments and organizations. In an effort to make this cryptic process more transparent, all earmarks requested of the Congressman are posted below.

FY 2011 earmarks requested from Congressman Cleaver’s Office>>

It is important to note that this list is not what has been chosen to be funded. Members of Congress who sit on the Appropriations Subcommittees will make the final judgment on what projects will be funded. Very few of these projects will ultimately be funded, but the Congressman will fight for every one he submits.


Yeah, that’s 48 million, not billion, as was originally reported based on a misreading of the number.

48 mil – Still a ridiculous amount of of moolah for a day care center.

Linked by Michelle Malkin, buzzworthy, thanks!


Deranged Tea Partier Lefty Opens Fire On School Board Meeting

Hot Air has the disturbing CNN video:

As it turns out, while CNN warns of “graphic images,” the only actual gunshot wound occurs off screen, as the gunman missed hitting anyone but got killed by a security guard — which did occur on camera. Glenn Davis says that the “graphic images” warning was more about “gluing eyeballs,” but considering the fact that the clip shows a man getting killed by a gunshot, it seems like a reasonable and fair warning to give, even if it’s not particularly gory.

Captain Ed asks: “How long will it take before this gets painted as the result of the Tea Party movement?”

After all, the media meme for the past year has been that the dangerous tea party movement is going to boil over into a violent frenzy at any moment. Last summer, Chris Matthews crammed a years worth of scary anti-tea party cliches into his one hour special on MSNBC.

This is what Matthews did throughout the special: splice together clips of militias firing weapons with Tea Party protesters in order to create a mental association between the groups. That there is no evidence whatsoever linking Tea Parties to militia groups, nor incidents of violence occurring at rallies, did not dissuade the former Jimmy Carter staffer. Matthews simply chose the unseemly route of trying to associate the numerous characters in his special without any evidence to back up his claims. 

Unfortunately for the left, the tea party movement refused to cooperate, and  never spilled over into violence, although left-wing violence continued apace, with some lefties actually calling for violence and revolution on MSNBC , (yes, the very same network so concerned about tea party violence).
The school board shooting is the latest example of leftwing violence, as  Gawker discovered, reading Duke’s Facebook page :

What else is in the profile? Duke’s “Favorite Quotes” section contains a number of links to political websites—mostly pretty out-there 9/11-truther-here-comes-the-new-world-order stuff, but also the mainstream liberal Media Matters and, of course, a Wikileaks mirror. (Expect these sites to be the ball in the exciting “Clay Duke Was a Dangerous Liberal” vs. “Clay Duke Was a Nutcase Conservative” game we’ll all get to watch over the next few days.) His “Religious Views” are “Humanism” and his “Political Views” are “Freedom Fighter.” Duke’s “About Me” section also contains lines from a poem—”Masque of Anarchy” by Percy Shelley:

Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number.
Shake your chains to earth like dew.
Which in sleep has fallen on you.
Ye are many – they are few.

Ironically, Shelley’s poem is a touchstone of nonviolent resistance.

Yeah, I’m not seeing a lot there to suggest a “Clay Duke Was a Nutcase Conservative” game, not that lefty blogs won’t try it.

And is Media Matters really considered mainstream? Now that’s truly scary.


Another example of left-wing violence occurred over the weekend:

Weasel Zippers: Chicago: Leftist Tries to Burn Down Pub During Tea Party Christmas Event, Leaves “F*ck The Tea Party” Written on Toilet…

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!


AZ Border Patrol Agent Shot Dead, Four Suspects In Custody

What a horrible Christmas his family is going to have.

KOLD, NOGALES reports:

A Border Patrol agent has been shot and killed late Tuesday night in an area near Rio Rico, Ariz.

Agent Brian Terry encountered a group of suspects when he was shot at, a release from the Border Patrol detailed.

Four of those suspects were arrested. One is still at large, authorities said.

Border Patrol officials and officers with the Department of Public Safety are scouring the area with K9 units in an effort to find that suspect.

The incident happened just after 11 p.m. in the Peck Canyon area just north of Nogales.

Governor Brewer has been pleading with the President all year, to enact policies to help secure the border, petition here:

Her pleas have fallen on deaf ears.


Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano is looking out for American travelers, illegal immigrants, as Doug Ross reported over the weekend:

As violent drug cartels take over Mexico and expand their criminal enterprises north, the United States has signed a “trusted traveler” agreement that allows pre-screened Mexican airline passengers to bypass lengthy airport security checkpoints… Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claims it’s a way to enhance information sharing and mutual security in the face of “ever-evolving, multinational threats.”


…she also took the opportunity to sign a “letter of intent” to develop a plan for protecting immigrants from criminal attacks as they cross the border—illegally—into the U.S. Mexican officials have long complained that American law enforcement officers stand by as illegal immigrants are robbed, killed or violently beaten. Napolitano has committed to reducing the risk to life and security of migrants, according to the Mexican minister.


Hat tip: Blaze


Audio: Mark Levin Rails Against Spending Bill – “Stop Making deals With These Leftists!”

I hope Republicans are listening. Levin is expressing how most of their constituents feel about this spiteful bill:

“I was in a good mood, today, until I heard about this latest act of….tyranny!”

“These Republicans go out on the campaign trail sounding like Patrick Henry…they come back to Washington, sounding like Patrick Kennedy!!!”

“How the hell are we going to repeal ObamaCare, if we can’t even deal with a lame duck congress!!!!”

“I’m convinced Harry Reid is off his rocker!”

“The immorality of what these people do…it’s unconscionable!”

“This whole place stinks to high heaven….”

“So when they say, well we may shut down the government for two or three weeks, I applaud! Shut it!”


See also:

WZ: Hilarious: Baghdad Bob Says He Thinks Dems Will Stay up Late Reading 1924-Page Omnibus Spending Bill…Promptly Laughed at by White House Press Corps…

Michelle Malkin: Omnibus double whammy: The Dems’ lame-duck land grabs

Two words to the GOP: Stop them.

Pundette: Congress’s contempt for voters hits new high