Lincoln fights for earmarks | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lincoln fights for earmarks

Posted By on Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 2:16 PM

News release arrives from Sen. Blanche Lincoln. It notes that her opponent. Rep. John Boozman, once a fan of earmarked pork projects for Arkansas, has sworn off of them this year to comport with Republican campaign strategy.

Lincoln says she will keep fighting for Arkansas's share of federal spending for worthy projects.

Stipulated: Boozman's a hypocrite. Arkansas is a needy state. It's foolish to be the only state to unilaterally disarm in the fight for federal money. Republicans are steadily howling for highway money for Northwest Arkansas and Boozman has given up the fight. I get it.

But darned if I don't think this news release from Lincoln is a loser politically. Arkansas deserves a good return on its investment? Everybody knows we're a welfare state, that we get back more than we put into the federal system.

For anybody who is buying into the shallow Republican deficit argument, Lincoln's release almost highlights Boozman as a man of principle.

The messaging sucks, no surprise in this disaster of a campaign.

Get specific. Name names and oxen gored. Can the bureaucratic palaver.

LINCOLN NEWS RELEASE

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the annual transportation appropriations bill, which contains important investments for Arkansas's 1st, 2nd and 4th Congressional Districts but not the 3rd Congressional District represented by Congressman John Boozman. Since announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, Congressman Boozman has had an election year conversion to abstain from earmark requests, failing to represent his constituents and relying on Senator Lincoln to deliver crucial investments for the 3rd Congressional District.

"I will not tie one arm behind the backs of Arkansans," Senator Lincoln said. "Arkansas taxpayers deserve to get a good return on their investment and I consider it part of my responsibility to ensure these important projects are justified and are funded."

Former Third District Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt proved that through common-sense earmarks, elected officials could help improve the economic conditions of a state and the economic fortunes of constituents. After spending a decade in Washington requesting earmarks, Congressman Boozman has pledged to abstain from fighting for federal dollars for his district now that he is a candidate for U.S. Senate. In fact, Congressman Boozman's office encourages constituents to make their requests to Senator Lincoln, whom he now criticizes for earmarks.

"Senator Lincoln takes great care to ensure that Arkansas projects are worthy of the federal investment, then she fights for them," Lincoln campaign manager Steve Patterson said. "She's not convinced that bureaucrats and grant formulas recognize the needs of small, rural states like Arkansas. Special projects funding by the Congressional delegation is the great equalizer for states like Arkansas."

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Two plead in fraud of sheriff's office

    A former employee of the Pulaski County sheriff and a North Little Rock woman who sold goods to the sheriff's office have pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a scheme to steal from the sheriff's office, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation