You know, I have to hand it to Jake Tapper. Of all of the MSM reporters he seems to be the most willing to criticize Obama. Writing in his ABC News Blog, Tapper compares candidate Obama to President Obama on the issue of earmarks:
Candidate Obama said then “we can no longer accept a process that doles out earmarks based on a member of Congress’ seniority, rather than the merit of the project. We can no longer accept an earmarks process that has become so complicated to navigate that a municipality or non-profit group has to hire high-priced D.C. lobbyists to do it. And we can no longer accept an earmarks process in which many of the projects being funded fail to address the real needs of our country.”
Today, of course, President Obama will sign into law more than 8,000 earmarks for FY 2009, part of the $410 billion omnibus spending bill.
So, you mean that he said one thing during the campaign but then did exactly the opposite thing once elected? My file for news stories with that theme is sure getting full.
Of course, Tapper then seems to tack on what almost sounds like a candidate Obama press release:
But he pledged to work with Congress to reform the earmark process:
* requiring Members of Congress to post earmark requests on their websites and subject them to hearings;
* subjecting earmarks for for-profit companies to a competitive bidding process; and
* pledging to remove future earmarks without any legitimate public purpose.
So he is against earmarks… at some point in the future. I am sure that he will tell us when.