“Republicans and Democrats have spent recklessly in the past, but now the problem is worse than ever,”
said. “The federal deficit has ballooned to more than a trillion dollars. It is irresponsible and will ensure that our children and grandchildren have a huge debt to pay to countries like Rogers .” China
Rogers, who also will address a Lansing “Tea Party” today organized to protest out-of-control spending and taxation, highlighted the long history of poor spending decisions made in Washington. “For too long, we have watched as our money was wasted on bridges to nowhere, a hippie museum in
New York, or an indoor rainforest in Iowa,” said. “We need an open, honest debate about how much money Rogers Washingtonshould take in taxes, how much money should borrow in our name and just how that money will be spent.” Washington
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Whoa there, Washington Waste Watcher Guy!
Mr. Rogers is Concerned About Waste.
He was in Lansing yesterday for the MI tea party festivities.
He's set up a "Washington Waste Watch" website to track how tax dollars are being spent, and issued this statement:
Sounds good... except for a few picky details:
1.) "Republicans and Democrats have spent recklessly in the past."
Mr. Rogers is now serving his fifth term in Washington -- so that pretty much disqualifies him from using the passive voice and the third person, as if he had nothing to do with it.
2.) "For too long, we have watched as our money has been wasted on bridges to nowhere"
Mr. Rogers is welcome to mock other representatives' requests for "hippie museums" as long as he remembers that he personally asked for $17.6 million worth of earmarks -- including "wood utilization research" and $475,750 for a private university's recreation center.
On his website, Mr. Rogers conveniently ignores his own earmark requests, and instead singles out a $550,000 project in Pawtucket, RI as an example of silly spending. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Rogers chose to steal a headline without reading the rest of the article. What did he miss in his froth of indignation?