Despite my recent voting practices I am VERY pleased to see John McCain leading the debate on H.R. 1105, Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, and calling out both parties for sticking thousands of earmarks into appropriations legistalion for the rest of this federal fiscal year.
Anybody with any sense knows that earmark appropriations are wasteful. I'm happy that it is John McCain's priveledge to "cast the first stone" so to speak on this spending.
I'm also thinking back to the election debates and wondering if I ever noticed John McCain get this intense before. He really seems in his element during this entire clip. I can honestly say that Senator McCain has impressed me in a way that I hadn't been before.
Two of my favorite highlights (both from the 26th minute):
“So, I guess we’re doing last year’s business. Does that mean that last year’s president will sign this pork-barrel bill?”
If this pork gets approved in the Senate I hope this appropriations bill gets turned right back around at the White House. We shall see.
“I want to freely acknowledge that Republicans were guilty of this as well.”
I think this last quote speaks to McCain's integrity. I can see House Republicans ducking beneath this shotgun blast statement.
Thank you John McCain.