TLP: Wonder How He Feels About Term Limits

Sometimes, politics is so car-crash good you almost can't believe it. And I'm not even talking about the prospect of Newt Gingrich dragging decades of messy baggage along the presidential campaign trail or about Mike Huckabee bitching about Hollywood bastards and not Alaskan bastards.

You almost feel bad for a tender little congressional freshman who fails this hard this fast. Almost.

AP via HuffPost:
First-term Republican Rep. Tim Scott of Charleston, S.C., says he's looking for "any way in the world" to get federal money to expand his hometown's aging harbor. It's the one way he won't pursue that's making some South Carolinians angry.

Scott, like his state's famously conservative senator, Jim DeMint, is among a new breed of tea party-backed conservatives who have sworn off "earmarks" – the pet projects that lawmakers can write into spending bills for their districts. He won't ask for one, won't support one, doesn't even want to talk about it.

His opposition to earmarks helped get him elected last year in a conservative state where slashing government spending is a political battle cry. But he's finding that saying no can be tricky business for members of Congress, who are traditionally rewarded for bringing federal projects home.

The Charleston Harbor in particular – a critical economic engine in a poor state – is testing his resolve, just as local demands for highways, dams and other needs are challenging the anti-spending rhetoric from campaign trails across the country.

"I'm looking for any way in the world to fund it legally, ethically and morally," Scott said when asked about the project recently. "We've got to find a different way."

The chances of doing so are slim. President Barack Obama left the project out of his proposed budget last month while funding a handful of competing harbor projects elsewhere, including a fierce rival about 100 miles south in Savannah, Ga.
This is what you get when you jump into the game not knowing that it is a fucking game. The boys across the border in Georgia – Republican Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson – were smart enough to pencil in an exception for the Savannah port project when they signed the no-earmarks pledge. Does that mean it's not a pledge? Does it fucking matter when Savannah's port business has a chance and Charleston's doesn't?

Maybe the head of the Savannah Tea Party can explain it to Scott. "We want less government spending and want to stop spending more than we're taking in," Jeanne Seaver told AP. "But this creates jobs. It's not considered wasteful spending to me. It's going to create business. If it's an earmark, it's an earmark," she added. "I would support it 100 percent."

And then serve Scott a cold glass of Southern sweet tea as they watch the ships along the Savannah waterfront. My guess is it'll taste pretty fucking bitter.

The Lazy Paperboy

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


I'm really glad we're getting some use out of "wassa wassa motherfucker"... who knew?

There are so many situations where it really is the perfect comment.

chairmanben said...

Tea Party: You've made your bed now lie (to me) in it.

W.C. Varones said...

Ah, the good old MSM.

We're running serial deficits of 10% of GDP -- that's serious Greece territory -- and all the MSM does is throw stones at those trying to do something about it.

You notice how the MSM loves to do sob stories about any and all potential spending cuts, but they rarely mention the catastrophic national debt when they're covering some new spending initiative?

We've got Boner proposing a pathetic $61 billion cut out of a $1.5 trillion deficit and the Democrats and MSM are howling like it's the end of the world.

What part of "we're fucking broke" do these people not understand? Zimbabwe Ben just printed a trillion dollars to monetize last year's deficit. Either he keeps printing, or pretty soon China's going to say WTF are we lending to Greece West at 3.5% for???

W.C. Varones said...

Charleston is a microcosm of the U.S.

The economy sucks ass and is dependent on 10% GDP deficits just to limp along with a 58.4% employment rate.

Reality bites. The economy is fucked and the deficits are totally unsustainable.

But the MSM would rather shoot the messenger than contemplate the reality.


I saw this story as a come-to-Jesus kind of reckoning for a guy who said one thing and now has to face up to the reality. Sure, he wants to cut spending. He also wants his state's port to compete with Savannah, Brunswick, Hampton Roads and on up the East Coast.

People voted for him, so you can presume that they're cool with him turning down earmarks, even when it fucks with their particular situation.

It's like term limits. When someone runs for Congress saying these bastards shouldn't make a career out of being in Washington, and then makes a career out of being in Washington.

Funny how these things aren't as simple as they seem during a campaign.

wcv said...

Indeed. Local projects always look good when it's Other People's Money.

They don't ask the opinion of the kids who will have to pay for it.