With Conservative Tea Parties trying hard to stop earmarks, the US’s leading Libertarian was knee deep in pork.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was one of only four House Republicans to break rank from the party and request earmarks despite a Republican Conference earmark moratorium. Paul sent 41 earmark requests totaling $157,093,544 for the 2011 Fiscal Year. His largest single request was $19,500,000 for a naval training ship at the Texas Maritime Academy in Galveston, followed by a $18,126,000 to provide maintenance on the Matagorda Ship Channel.
For Fiscal Year 2010, Paul requested 54 total earmarks, adding up to $398,460,640 in pork that the former presidential candidate sought to bring home to his district. These requests were made prior to the House Republican Conference’s voluntary ban on filing earmarks.
Paul’s largest request in 2010 was $51.5 million in federal money to be spent on “Reconstruction of Bluewater Highway Hurricane Evacuation Route Between Brazoria and Galveston Counties in Texas.” He requested another $50 million to be directed to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and $46 million for deepening the Texas City channel. The majority of Paul’s requests were for projects related to various ports and channels, though other sectors of his district also received attention, such as $20 million for a hospital in Chambers County. Even smaller projects received attention from the libertarian representative, such as $2.5 million requested “to redevelop historic downtown area and to purchase trash cans, bike racks and decorative street lighting” in Baytown.
4 thoughts on “Tea Party Conservatives Protest Earmarks- Libertarian Ron Paul Votes Yes”
I would use the term strategising. He simply won’t get every request but could get some. The Bluewater Highway Hurricane Evacuation Route sounds high priority in view of Katrina and the annual influs of hurricanes. Probably should have been done years ago. Not familiar with ear marking but probably a tool used by pollies for their paying lobbyists. This voluntary ban on ear marking is I surmise a message to lobbyists the good times are over.
We like to joke about how some news makes lib head explode.
Then, by rights, this news ought cause Libertarian heads go boom.
They all running around like headless pigs now, pork not on the menu this festive season. Poor old Barry, it’s all going pear shape.
I’m suprised to see this from Dr No…
Earmarks for military spending (while not how they should be applied for) I can at least accept but not bloody trash cans…
Rand must be spitting tacks…
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