Friday, March 30, 2007

The Price Was Right: The Sell-Out of the Blue Dog Democrats

Last week, when the House passed their pork-stuffed Iraq spending bill that establishes a date certain for withdrawal of American troops, only seven of the 43-member Blue Dog Democrats -- a group that purports to fight for fiscal responsibility and strong national security -- voted against the bill.

Do the math: that means 36 voted for it. Several members who were reluctant to require withdrawal of U.S. troops by a firm deadline made deals that were greased with bacon from Democratic leadership in exchange for their vote. The final House bill that narrowly passed, 218-212 contained a whopping $24 billion in earmarks that will pay for many pet projects in the home districts of several Blue Dogs...

Amanda B. Carpenter's column exploring the details of last week's "cut and run from Iraq" bill is an important one. Just click on the title of this post to go read it.