GOP Representative John Duncan of Tennessee is sponsoring legislation to curb "irresponsible" federal spending. It aims to do this by limiting government spending to a specific percentage of GDP as well as making it difficult for congress to even consider legislation that might cause spending to exceed that limit.
Of course, the rule in Washington being "Do as I say, not as I do," Duncan comes to the defense of this own earmarks to the tune of $178,000,000. His reasoning?
"If the money is going to be spent, I thought it was only fair for my district and East Tennessee to get its share. If I refused to ask for any federal money at all, that money is just going to go to New York or California or one of the nation's biggest cities. I don't want my people to be left out. I wish we were spending a whole lot less up here than we're having to spend."
Oh, they HAVE to spend it. What a convenient way to shift reponsibility to the imaginary person that's holding a gun to their heads and forcing them to spend money that they don't want to.
One word: Bullshit.