House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said a House GOP majority will focus on aggressive oversight of the Obama administration, will work to defund the agencies responsible for implementing health care and will push a “zero tolerance” ethics policy. He also said Republicans may roll back their ban on earmarks, as long as the spending items have “merit.”
Earmarks were used to bribe Republicans to support the prescription drug benefit and TARP. Earmarks were used to bribe Democrats to support Obamacare. Earmarks are a drug and the GOP, to absolve itself of its own sins, publicly declared that House Republicans would give up the very corrupting practice.
This practice has to stop. PERIOD! As a grass root activist in (VA-07) I'm contacting Rep. Cantor's office and requesting that he and the GOP Leadership come out against the practice of earmarking. I would encourage every voting citizens no matter who your representative is to do the same.
I would also, like to call attention Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) who did take a stand and made a pledge to "not ask for an earmark until the process was open, transparent and reformed." Rep. Chaffetz now is the highest congressmen (-A) at GradeGov.com
We must keep the pressure on Republican and Democrats in this new age of accountability.