If MO’s McCaskill and NE’s Johanns can refuse earmarks, Tiahrt and Moran should be able to do the same thingThursday, May 7th, 2009
Nebraska Senator Mike Johann’s decision to refuse earmarks will greatly increase the pressure on Kansas Congressmen Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran to do the same thing. Currently, their US Senate primary fight is virtually non-issue-based, as both are near-replicas of moderate Republican President President Bush: family men, socially conservative, but not fiscally conservative.
The Republican party, in recent years, has lost in large part because of the party’s hypocrisy on spending. It’s not yet clear that Tiahrt and Moran know this.
From the Associated Press:
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska said Thursday he won’t ask for earmarks in this year’s budget, because he’s not confident the system is transparent or based on merit.
Johanns, a freshman Republican, said in a year of unprecedented federal spending, he believes most Nebraskans will support his decision.
In a release to the news media Johanns said, “While I do believe attempts to reform the earmarking process are a start … they have not gone far enough.”
Senator Johanns deserves high praise for this. He is now only the 8th Senator to swear off pork.