Question: Have you heard of the organization "Citizens Against Government Waste"?




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Talk about getting the short end of the stick EVERY TIME!!!  Since when should only 4 or 5 states voting make it so they have all the choices and the rest of us don't.  Since when should all those on the west side get their votes counted and announced before our polls even close? I may have freedom but when it comes to election time at the Federal level it is a REAL struggle to even bother....then again I have a similar problem with voting in the STATE of WA when there are so many people and zero FARMS on the west that we are out numbered!!  Maybe we should get so many votes per 1/2 of land we own!!!  Up the ante

My dilema continues as to WHO to vote for, for president.  I continue to hear about "LIBERAL McCain"  and am utterly DISGUSTED by this system...we should all vote on the SAME DAY so we all have EQUAL choices.  It RIPS me that presidential candidates get in and before even 1/4 of the states have voted they step down.  THAT IS FREEDOM?  I have 4 choices while IA had what 9.  This system is BROKEN and needs serious help!!

I received an e-mail from this group and here is what they shared about EARMARKS...

CCAGW: Presidential Candidates Make Commitments on Earmarks 

Washington, D.C. - In the closing days before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, three Presidential candidates have issued statements on earmarks.  The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) has challenged all candidates to inform taxpayers whether they would issue an executive order telling federal agencies to ignore earmarks that appear in committee reports, as well as other steps they would take to fight pork-barrel spending.


“Taxpayers now know where Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. John McCain, and Gov. Mitt Romney stand on earmarks,” said CCAGW President Tom Schatz.  “The other candidates should issue their own statements, as wasteful spending is a key concern across the country.  Citizens deserve to know what kind of commitments the candidates are making and how they would address earmarks as President of the United States.”


Gov. Romney, in a press release on December 21, said “As President, I pledge to use every available method to eliminate wasteful earmarks in the federal budget.  One such tool is returning to the President the power to make line-item vetoes.  Change in Washington begins when we change the culture that allows earmarks, pet projects and wasteful spending to thrive in the place of being good fiscal stewards of the taxpayers' money.”


Gov. Huckabee responded to a question on CCAGW’s challenge during a conference call with bloggers on December 28, stating, “I think some of them ought to be vetoed.  If they can’t be vetoed, then ignore them.  But I’ll tell you another thing we need to do: push for total transparency of the expenditures of Congress, something we don’t have.”


On January 1, Sen. McCain issued his response to CCAGW, stating that “Zero is the right number of earmarks.”  He also said, “As president, my agencies will never have to struggle to understand Congress’ earmarking intentions.  I will veto every single pork barrel bill Congress sends to my desk.  If Congress continues to send them to me, I will use the bully pulpit to make the people who are wasting our tax dollars famous.”


An examination of the Heritage Foundation’s database of the earmarks in the fiscal 2008 omnibus appropriations bill revealed the total number received by Presidential candidates from the Senate and House:

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), 261; Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), 57; Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), 52; Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), 46; Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), 10; Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), 9, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), 6; and Sen.John McCain (R-Ariz.), 0.


CCAGW will publish each candidate’s response on its website, http://www.ccagw.org/, as soon as they are received by the organization.


The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.


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