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. annie s

    So they're up in arms over 8 billion but don't have anything to say about the massive hand out to the rich in the Tax bill? These people don't have a clue.

    December 16, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. MR

    The Republicans used the Tea Party to win a lot of races and they are nieve if they think they are going to change the way Congress works. While a noble idea, not going to happen.

    December 16, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. kyle

    The tea party express are a bunch of hypocrites themseleves, why are the buses parked, where are the protesters.

    December 16, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Dork

    Where are the angry protesters of the "grass-root movement" now? Oh, I see, they have not received the marching orders from their favorite TV and radio stations... This whole movement, while it has captured some well-intended people, has been an orchestrated scam from the very beginning and it seems to have outlived its purpose.
    Please prove me wrong. Please show me the angry protesters – now!

    December 16, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. JMP

    This going to be fun to watch..........as the Tea Partiers discover "they've been had" and used by the likes of the Koch Brothers, Rupert Murdoch, Karl Rove and the GOP just to get re-elected. Noting ever e with the GOP.

    December 16, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. kevin, Illinois

    "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.

    The words smart and Tea Party sound funny in the same sentence

    December 16, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. lforlegend

    repub politicians are jokes, liars, and cheats. I knew they wouldn't change. Heard two say last evening they know that pork is coming to their districts but they'll vote against the bill. They never explained or said whether it was right or wrong to have the pork in the spending bill.

    December 16, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. Ian

    "She warns any republican who supports the measure risks a primary challenge in the next election cycle."

    Wow...maybe the Tea Party will cannibalize itself.

    December 16, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Bruce

    I still cannot wrap my head around this excuse: "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." HE HAS EARMARKS IN THE BILL!!! Do he and Thune think that just because they said they would vote against it makes it ok to put projects into the bill that they want for their constituents? Why request them if you don't want them? Why not admit that you had planned on removing them before the vote? Your hypocrisy is understood by a second grader!!!!

    December 16, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Texan

    How many of the earmarks are by Republicans and Tea Party candidates? McConnell who keeps talking about looming deficit is one of the first guys to include earmarks. All these hypocrats need to be removed. Hopefully people will keep track and remove them.

    December 16, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Dave

    The earmarking Republicans will get out of it. They'll just mention that they're big fans of Jesus a few times, and the Tea-ocrats will let them do anything they want. Pretending to like Jesus has kept right-wingers in business for decades now.

    December 16, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Texas Doc

    Idiots, welcome to the real world. That's what you get for trusting Republicans.

    December 16, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. mdn

    The Tea Party should stop worrying about the $8 billion in earmarks on a $1.1 trillion budget. The REAL hypocrisy is the support for the Bush tax cut extensions which will cost close to $900 billion! Both the Republicans (including the Tea Party) and the Dems share in this hypocrisy. Much of that money will go to the millionares and billionares on the notion that it will help revive the economy and create jobs. Problem is that those tax cuts have been in place for ten years and we have lost 8 million jobs and our economy is in the worst position since the great depression. We created 25 mkillion jobs under Clinton. The current tax rate is LESS than what it was under Reagan, Bush the first, and Clinton. Nobody is calling them socialists This tax cut extention cost more than the Iraq and Afghan war from 2001 to 2008. It costs more that the stimulus plan. It costs way way more than "Obamacare" and all it does is give the rich more money to invest. That's right, most reliable studies conclude that giving more money to rich will only increase the amount of money they will be investing. It will not increse spending and consequently not have much of a stimulatory effect on the economy. As a result, China will be holding nearly $3.5 trillion of US debt. We Americans will become a source of cheap labor for them as they buy up our companies with the $3.5 trillion surplus. Conclusion: at the current pace, you are best suited to have your children learn Chinese so that they may have a decent paying job in the future!

    December 16, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Lolo

    No use complaining now. They voted them in and now they are getting what they deserve. The tea partiers were bamboozled. The GOP used them to get back in and do the same thing,. They are trying to have rich and poor classes only, no middle class at all. Stupi is what stupid does.

    December 16, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. rusty155

    That were you Tea party are wrong because nobody care what you think.

    December 16, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. America Shrugged

    Well Tea Party express, get yer buses up there to DC and start protesting...What? It's too cold? It will interfere with your christmas shopping? Awww... I can't wait until you folks start calling your Congress people's personal cell phones 24/7 and demanding they vote against this tax cut extensionl and all the pork. Don't worry, you folks will fall in line just like everyone else does. Merry Christmas

    December 16, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. baha

    thats about 0.7% of the total omnibus package that is set for pork. for all of the heat over earmarks, they are such a tiny part of teh federal budget. we need to address defense spending, which is like 30% of our total budget.

    December 16, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |

    Why are you crying, TEA party... aren't these the guys you put in place?

    December 16, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. scmike

    Cornyn says that he will vote against the bill, but he knows that it will pass. This way he can state that he voted against the earmarks, while actually enjoying the benefits. Much like Palin who "said no" to the Bridge to Nowhere, yet kept the federal money that was going to pay for it. Talk about hypocrites!

    December 16, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Gale

    They just don't get it do they? It's about time the voters of the United States have their wishes upheld, and not the wishes of the politicians. It all boils down to greed. You will be voted out!! Demand our rights or "off with their heads"! Except for the stupid people in Harlem that keep voting in Rangel!

    December 16, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Julie C

    The earmarks need to go! But, the TeaParty fell for the lies of the GOP; they get what they voted for. Enjoy it!

    December 16, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. carlos

    just look at all those social security, medicare recipients, white faces with their wives saying, WTF are we doing this for?????....completely oblivious...........pathetic and out of touch........sickening!!!!!

    December 16, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Sharmila Kazim

    'Hyporkrisy,' quite interesting jargon ...What did the tea party expect of the candidates they supported or any candidate for that matter?

    Politicans are politicans, they say one thing but then do another...It's quite evident..

    It's all about their political gains...and how they can benefit or make a name for themselves....

    The rest of the electorate can go to 'France.'

    December 16, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. jeff

    I am tired of a government who will cut SS benefits before repenting form their wasteful way. I am a newcommer to teh Tea Party and a believer in stopping all of this non-sense. Time for the 2 parties to hit the road. Thieves and scoundrels all but a handful.

    December 16, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Padraig

    I am very glad that there is a group out there that identifies the "pork" and places pressure on both parties to end this. Why is there an earmark for 10 million dollars to create a foundation honoring Mr. Murtha? That should come from citizens voluntarily donating their time and/or money.

    December 16, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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