Tea Partiers slam 'hyporkrisy' on the Hill
December 16th, 2010
08:01 AM ET
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Tea Partiers slam 'hyporkrisy' on the Hill

Washington (CNN) - Tea Party leaders have "fire coming out of their ears" over the massive $1.1 trillion dollars Omnibus spending bill pending before Congress. Tucked into the legislation that would keep the government running for the next fiscal year are more than $8 billion dollars in earmarks, requested by lawmakers in both parties.

It sounds like "hyporkrisy" to Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer. Her group backed GOP candidates in the 2010 election who promised to root out wasteful pork-barrel spending in Washington. She warns any republican who supports the measure risks a primary challenge in the next election cycle.

"We will go after them. We're not going to accept it. We are absolutely not going to accept it. I mean there are all kinds of pork in there," Kremer told CNN.

Several top republicans in Congress, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, have asked for millions of dollars worth of earmarks in the Omnibus bill. According to the spending watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense, Cornyn has 51 earmarks in the legislation totaling $93 million dollars. The group says McConnell's 42 earmarks add up to $86 million.

At a news conference Wednesday, Cornyn and Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, vowed to vote against the measure they ridiculed as the "ominous bill." When pressed by reporters about his own earmarks in the bill, Cornyn denied he was being hypocritical. "I intend to vote against those earmarks because I think the American people sent a message on November the 2nd saying they want a new way of operating in Washington."

Sen. John McCain has spent the last two days on his Twitter account, tweeting his favorite earmarks hidden in the legislation. Last night the Arizona Republican pointed to an earmark worth $10 million dollars establishing a foundation honoring the late Democratic congressman John Murtha, who was considered one of the kings of pork on Capitol Hill.

The Omnibus controversy is just the latest irritant to many Tea Party leaders who oppose the tax cut compromise between the White House and republican leaders in Congress.

"I know the politicians think we won't remember when elections roll around," said Mark Meckler, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots. "We're smarter than they think," he warned.

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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Gil

    So why don't they complain about the Trillions spent on the wars that have produced nothing, but almost 6,000 Americans lives being wasted and creating more terrorists from the collateral killing of innocent civilians?

    December 16, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  2. ARTraveler

    It is fun when the Republicants vow to eat their own. Keep changing over House members every election cycle and you can kiss any seniority good-by along with Chairmanships. Great idea. Keep it up.

    December 16, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. chris

    Here is a message to Amy Kremer, the sitting Senators and Reps in Congress can careless about what you think with the tea party. As long as their districts and or state supports are happy, they will continue to pile the pork on!!! Plus they all know this last election turned out the GOP base as usual. The next National election will not even be on the same level, so their chances of staying in office are good. So, Amy you and the Dick can GSD(go sit down) some where because Congress will continue to do what they want to do!!! Until we pass term limits on these folks it is business as usual in Congress!!! Heck ask your buddy Dick.

    December 16, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. Carmelle

    No Coryn, GET YOUR PORK OUT OF IT!!!!

    Do you guys see the shameless lies those repubs are spitting out?!?!

    It's ok for your pork to stay in there because youll vote against the bill?? Coryn knows the bill will pass so he is taking a back door to getting his pork!!

    Repubs: YOU LIE!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. Liz the First

    Welcome to the real world, folks! republicans lie. they will say anything to get elected and then go about the business of benefitting themselves and their rich puppeteers. you were suckered! anyone who isn't a millionaire and votes republican is a sucker! it's really that simple. that said, earmarks aren't budget busters. they're an opportunity for individual congresspeople to get money already set to be spent spent in their district. it's less than 1% of the budget and would not be saved if not spent in earmarks, it would just be spent somewhere else by the fed. gov't. so the whole earmark thing is a smokescreen thrown up by people who want to pretend they're fiscally conservative. if repubs were truly fiscally conservative, they would never be insisting on all the tax breaks for the super-rich and holding up vital bills and treaties to get them. the republican party is a sham!

    December 16, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  6. greg in jax

    This just goes to show you that the Tea Partiers are THAT naive. And if they fall for that crap that Sen Coryn said about him not voting for the bill, then why the heck did he put the request for the earmarks in there at all. Is he just wasting time and taxpayer money. Tea Partiers like to think that they are smart, when they are just miniscule pawns to the GOP, who like to spend like the millionaires they are, stupid , stupid , gullible, naive Tea Partiers.

    December 16, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  7. Ancient Texan

    I have mixed emotions. If they stick to the original agreement, good! If the PORK loaded plan, let it die and start over in January. More debt is a disaster.

    December 16, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    They have a right to be annoyed about this. The question is, could we develop a more technological way to have more people vote on legislation or at least get their views to their member of the House or Senate faster? If we were able to do that, then we could have a more responsive democracy. The major downside to that is the majority of Americans aren't fully informed. That is supposed to be the backbone of the country - a well informed citzenry. We need people to learn about the issues in a respectful and civil way. I wish I could have a way to do that.

    December 16, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. Dave

    Cornyn is a liar and a hypocrite. Who would possibly spend the time to itemize 51 earmarks worth $93 million if their intention all along was to vote against the bill? Nice way of taking both sides. I'll vote against the bill but on the chance that others vote for it, I'll still get my money. This is why this country is in trouble.

    December 16, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. Lou

    Well Tea Partyers, you've been fooled again.

    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss

    December 16, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. Tony

    Tea Partiers worry about 8 billion out of 1.1 trillion that will be spent anyway, just not in the districts of the senators or congressmen who designated the earmarks (earmarks take money already appropriated and put it in the districts of the senators or congressmen; without the earmarks, the decision of how, not if, the money will be spent goes back to the executive branch). They don't worry about the tax bill that Obama negotiated with Republicans that will cost the Treasury more than 800 billion.

    December 16, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  12. boocat

    Why are these people so shocked by this? They are not only naive but they are just plain stupid to believe anything any of those corrupt dirty politicians say or do....LOL!!!

    December 16, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    The GOP never should have been given a computer, let alone let out of the basement. Now they're running around and ruining the neighborhood...all those nutty inbreds they were soooo careful to hide and keep the secret in the family.

    December 16, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. ToldUso

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss......

    December 16, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. Mattski

    The Tea Party needs to give up on the GOP. They have no intention of changing anything in Washington, no more than the Dems do.

    December 16, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. slipthalo

    Nothing more than politics as usual in D.C. Best part is those who have helped 'stuff' this bill with pork barrel spending but now say they'll vote against it – now that's hypocrisy at it's best.

    December 16, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  17. JoeT

    8 billion / 1.1 trillion = 0.72%.

    December 16, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  18. Joe

    If the Tea Party thinks its going to be different with the people who they got elected, they are out of their minds. Pork keeps people employed morons. Also, I am sure McCain is getting something from that bill, say new bases in Arizona.

    December 16, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. Scott T

    We have had enough of the pork barrel deficit spending by these idiots in Congress...

    And speaking of idiots!

    The Tea Party was not selected as TIME Magazine's Person of the Year. Instead it went to Mark Zuckerberg ... yeah I know, who?? But now Time's managing editor Richard Stengel told MSNBC that he disqualified the Tea Party because he's "biased in favor of putting a single person on the cover." You can bet that the guy is biased, but he sure as hell ain't biased against groups; he is biased against groups of people who rally for freedom, smaller government and personal responsibility. Oh and someone at Newsbusters did a little bit of recall to remind us: " ... devoting a Time Person of the Year cover to a group of people is not without precedent. In recent years Time acknowledged "The Good Samaritans" of Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates in 2005, "The American Soldier" in 2003, and in 2006, when Stengel took over as managing editor of Time he put a mirror on the cover of the magazine as he declared "You" the Person of the Year." If I'm not mistaken ... I think Time also made the personal computer the Person of the Year some time back. This Zukerberg this is part of the trivialization of public discourse in the United States. A game-changing election powered by the Tea Parties - and the founder of Facebook is the person of the year. Gag me.

    December 16, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. Seattle Sue

    Let's face it folks, if the Tea Party/Palin wasn't slamming this they would be slamming something else. McConnell,Cornyn are such hypocrites, they say one thing but then do the opposite. John McCain likes to think he is above all these ear marks but he just has his hypocrite buddy Jon Kyl do the dirty work for him in the form of ear marks. But I agree with the Tea party on this, these hypocrites should go.

    December 16, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  21. Nate

    Cornyn adds earmarks to the bill but vows to vote against it because of the earmarks. Wow- he's managed to be hypocritical and cowardly at the same time!

    December 16, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  22. Orlando Patriot

    A vote FOR this pork spending catastrophe and this will seal your fate of being voted out at your next election. Remember: YOU WORK FOR US!! WE DO NOT WORK FOR YOU!!

    December 16, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  23. A True Centrist

    For all the Dems reading this, it's time to step up and call out the administration and Congress for this bill filled with payments for lobbyists and special interests. For years, you have bashed Republicans (correctly by the way) for being in the pocket of special interests, but this time it's the Dems and this bill is worse than anything the Republicans have done in the past.

    A review by several newspapers have upwards of 7,000 earmarks for special interests in this bill. This is disgraceful...payments to those who helped the campaigns of those still seated.

    December 16, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  24. EZRS

    "I know the politicians think we won't remember when elections roll around," said Mark Meckler, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots. "We're smarter than they think," he warned.
    I don't think they are

    December 16, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. Louisiana Man

    The Tea Party is supposingly so resolute in their shock and disdain concerning the earmark allocations. HA!

    BULLETIN to the TP: You as a collective group are a discombobulated homogeneous GOP partisans and you imagine yourself to sway power. Wrong.

    REMINDER: The good congress people you supported rallied against the same movement that are lustfully indulging themselves in-SPENDING.
    And you fell for it. As far as your empty threats to 'vote them out'-thats laughable. You are partisan and they know it.
    Greed and narcissism super cedes any lowly electorate wishes.

    December 16, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
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