Voters may be fed up with Congress' pork

Many earmarkers now tagged for ouster

I'll believe it when I see it. Yet, here comes the Washington Times with a story noting:

When it comes to the congressional variety, members of the powerful
appropriations committees are finding that holding the nation's purse
strings -- and the power the positions afford in doling out pork-barrel
projects back home -- are no guarantee these days for re-election.

It seems that members of the Senate and House appropriations committees--usually a ticket for dispensing gobs of pork to grateful constituents are dropping like flies in the coming election. Notes the story:

Six of the 13 members of the Senate Appropriations Committee up for
re-election this year have announced they'll retire or have lost a
primary challenge. A seventh, Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat,
is trailing challenger Rep. Joe Sestak in the polls heading to
Tuesday's primary. The committee has 30 total members.

In the House, powerful Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey,
Wisconsin Democrat, announced this month that he won't seek a 22nd term
in office.

Even Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, an appropriations committee veteran who
hails from one of the most pork-barrel-friendly states -- West Virginia --
couldn't keep his job, losing last week in his state's Democratic
primary. 

Hope springs eternal.

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  • First,vote them out.Second write your rep and tell them to stop this practice,we don't have the money.Third tell your friends to do the same.

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