March 6th, 2009
12:42 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain's tweet not sitting well with one newspaper

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain has been Twittering his '10 Porkiest Projects.'"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A South Carolina newspaper isn’t too happy with what John McCain’s been Twittering.

McCain has been using the microblogging site to post a near-daily list of the “10 Porkiest projects” in the omnibus spending bill. On Wednesday, the Arizona senator posted “#6. $950,000 for a Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC.”

The Myrtle Beach Sun News editorialized Friday that McCain is using the site “to make congressional earmarks a political wedge issue for the Republicans” by posting such earmarks without context.

The paper wrote that “readers of McCain's Convention Center tweet are now invited to think - without the inconvenience of critical reflection - that the Myrtle Beach Convention Center project has no value.”

The editorial argued instead that the convention center project has the potential to create long-term wealth and jobs in the coastal resort city.

“The irony in all this,” the paper wrote, is that the earmark was inserted into the spending bill by one of McCain’s closest friends: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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soundoff (402 Responses)
  1. Carrie

    People don't seem to understand that "pork" is one inevitable and two some of it is necessary.

    Just like people like their own Congressional leader but hates Congress its the same with the "pork"

    People won't mind spending that will help them and their community but oppose it helping the state next to them.

    It's life – get over it.

    March 6, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Tim

    @Tony in Fla who said "latest example: SCHIP, smokers paying for children's health care) where is the justice in that?

    Ok,Tony, I am paying (as a taxpayer and insured) for the hospital, cancer treatment and surgeries for people who smoke. They know their smoking will harm them and increase the cost of healthcare for everyone.....
    So wher is the justice in that, my friend?

    March 6, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. J

    Shame on you Sen. Graham- Sure sounds like pork to me, however, I live in Texas. - Now, if it were to be built in Texas !!! -– It wouldn`t be pork, it would be "jobs creation". --- Can`t you SEE the difference ???? -- I truly CANNOT.

    March 6, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

    It's particularly ironic to see the Republicans whining about earmarks, when they got their only 2008 victories from regions that for decades have sucked up far more tax money than they have contributed to the national exchequer. Almost every district that McCain carried has some big fat porkbarrel project set aside by a powerful reactionary congressman (R or D) to go into his district. If the Midwesterners and New Englanders got our share of federal revenues contributed, even adjusted for poverty, the economies of states like South Carolina and Oklahoma would collapse.

    March 6, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Anthony R. Seta

    Southerner March 6th, 2009 1:57 pm ET

    People just don't like being called out on their scandals. Obama promised to go through all these bills line by line and take out the pork. Then he didn't do it. McCain is right to call him out.

    Southerner: With respect, I agree with your sentiment, but you've got the procedural matters wrong. Without a line-item veto, the prez can't "cut out the pork" without vetoing the entire bill. To veto a bill is a major administrative issue that forces both houses of congress to re-do a ton of work and prevents the ability to focus on numerous other items. The executive branch could function well with the line-item veto, but congress would never cede this authority to a president. This is the catch-22 that keeps these rather petty issues in the perpetual spotlight.

    March 6, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Rich from Az

    Wonder if the old twit will call out his buddy kyl, for his millions in earmarks, for the old home state, Arizona.

    March 6, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. msg

    “The irony in all this,” the paper wrote, is that the earmark was inserted into the spending bill by one of McCain’s closest friends: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

    Forget the Octo-Mom...I'd like to see Lindsey Graham explain himself to McCain and all the other Republicans who are so against "pork".

    Just goes to man's pork is another man's bread & butter.


    March 6, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Martin Bormann

    McCain looks like a burn victim.

    March 6, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. John

    Q: What do Republicans like McShame call spending billions in Iraq? A: War on Terror.

    Q: What do Republicans call spending billions in the US?
    A: Pork

    March 6, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Mark

    Dont expect people who DON,Task the Govt. for money (which is most of us) to understand people who DO ask the Govt. for money. It's not going to happen. We are completely different creatures with different values and meanings for the words we use. These earmarks are all things that people WANT...not NEED. These takers have spent so much time convincing others how great their NEED is, that they actually believe it themselves. To survive, we all NEED a viable economy. No one, anywhere NEEDS a new convention center. So a few people in Myrtle Beach want one. That's fine, Why don't they just do what the rest of us do? Build it themselves or do without.

    March 6, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Gene

    This is like political sabotage... the Republicans ask for all these earmarks to be put in.. little favors and such to make them a little happier about voting for the bill. Then they all turn around and vote against the bill saying that it has too much pork.. Pork that they were arguing should be in there. And on top of that.. they scream that Obama is spending too much on projects which they demanded!

    Enough... Obama should cut every single one of the "pork projects" in this bill that the republicans want... even though I have no problem with them myself because they create jobs and have potential for high revenue in the future. Then the repubs have nothing to cry about when it comes to voting for a bare bones, no pork bill. Vote on the pork projects separately.

    March 6, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. MaryanneAZ

    The Rep.ublican Party is like a self-cleaning oven. No outside influence is needed to clean the Party up. Yikes! M.cCain spends his time and effort on this very MINOR aspect of congressional spending bills. There are definitely more important matters to get worked up over. We all realize that not all "earmarks" are frivolous or wasteful spending. In fact, my senator (M.cCain) has had a few earmarks of his own (very few) added to bills over the years. He is not only barking up the wrong tree, he is also not honest about his own history in this regard. I cannot wait for 2010 and the out-of-touch senator's next election bid.

    March 6, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Sullen Eyed Reflective Guy

    John the plumber's lost the plot. Familiar territory. He's a lost pilot used to losing the plot over and over and over again.... He needs to retire

    March 6, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Gene

    People here already stating that SC should pay for this project themselves.. but don't realize that every state in this bill has similar projects. It's not like S. Carolina is getting this great convention center and the rest of the country is getting nothing. Every state has projects like this included in this bill.

    March 6, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. obama-mama

    tales from the crypt at it again

    March 6, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. bk

    Senator McCain is doing the right thing. The earmarks need to stop. Obama promised no earmarks and now he is just like the rest of them. Obama has a earmark in there for Chicago, He left the earmark and had his name removed. What a liar and fraud he is.

    March 6, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Norom

    Larry March 6th, 2009 1:52 pm ET

    It's not the nature of the earmarks themselves. Some have more merit than others. I'm sure the Myrtle Beach earmark has more merit than the Promoting Astrology in Hawaii earmark
    It's ASTRONOMY you moron. A 2 million dollar investment will keep people employed in a high-tech industry. What is it about Republicans that they don’t understand it’s not pork, it’s investment and that equals stimulus. Building a bridge that isn’t needed to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars is pork. Putting money towards science is making sure that we stay on the cutting-edge of technological capability in the world. See the difference?

    Geez, this isn’t rocket science.

    March 6, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. cjr

    John and Linsey are the two biggest whiners in the Senate – oh I forgot Joe Lieberman – all three need to retire and tell lies~

    March 6, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Dennis

    John McCain has always been against earmarks. He's not afraid to tell people the way it is. Wish there were mnore like him in DC.

    March 6, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. sandee in Portland

    Typical McCain tactic....just spit it out there without the facts. As far as the convention center, don't you all think that will provide a lot of jobs both during construction and after. I don't consider anything that provides jobs pork and neither should McCain.

    March 6, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    The republicans should remove all their earmark requests. That will shame the democrats into removing theirs. Result: no pork.

    Obama has absolutely no authority to do anything about pork except ask for it to be removed. He has no power over the congress. Congress has no respect for Obama at all.

    March 6, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Lynn

    Do we still live in a democracy? Has anyone heard of checks and balances? Only the uninformed/misinformed thought President Obama was going to ride into Washington blasting away earmarks.

    Here's a quick review

    The United States Government is made up of 3 branches: executive (President), legislative (Congress), and judicial(Supreme Court). The legislative branch writes the laws which means that if you have a problem with earmarks, you should contact your House Representative or Senator.

    I actually don't mind if "my tax dollars" are used for genuine improvements for any place on earth and I certainly won't complain if the improvements are to benefit any of my fellow Americans. "United We Stand, Divided We Fall"!

    March 6, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. brian

    I think all earmarks should be on a 1to1 level. One dollar back for every dollar you put in. The only problem with this is that all of those red state welfare governors would have no money!!! HA!HA! All those 'liberal' blue states that support everyone would be flush with cash!

    March 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Eleanor

    The truth is 40% of this bills Pork is from republicans!!!
    Some media fail to mention that sometimes but I heard it on CNN
    a few days ago!!
    Repubs always fail to mention their own pork like it doesnt really matter
    Wake up americans are not that stupid!!!

    March 6, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Susan in SC

    The most important pieces of information gleened from this article, IMO, are:
    1.The convention center will bring construction, engineering and design jobs to SC.
    2.The implication from McCain that somehow the "pork" is from the President is COMPLETELY misleading. This project was proposed by one of McCain's closest political allies – Senator Graham of SC.

    It seems as if McCain is on a mission to undermine the current administration while telling Americans that we "messed up" by not electing him president. Again, IMO – NO Senator McCain, we did not mess up. We avoided you, your old ideas, and your vengeful attitude. Now if only Arizona will wise up and get you out of Wasington.

    March 6, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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