John McCain is not a candidate worth voting for in my mind but John McCain deserves praise for standing up to Obama on earmarks.
While Obama has publicly released his 2007 earmark requests to the Senate Appropriations Committee, he has not released his letters to the committee from 2005 and 2006, according to a Thursday Washington Post story. The Post reported that Obama helped secure $91 million for the projects in the Land of Lincoln in 2007, which McCain said “isn’t chump change.”
“The Senator from Illinois, who says that he wants transparency in government, will not reveal the number of earmarks that he received in 2006 and 2005. Is that transparency in government? I don’t think so. I don’t think so,” McCain said during rally in Vermont–a March 4th primary state. “So I call on the Senator, Senator Obama from Illinois, to go ahead and tell people how much money in earmarked projects and pork barrel projects that he got for his state and what they were for.”
“One of the reasons the American people have lost trust and confidence in us. One of the reasons is because of earmark projects, the pork barrel spending,” McCain added. “My friends, examine my record on pork barrel projects and you will see a big fat zero.”
John McCain requested no earmarks as a Senator in 2007. To have any sort of fiscal control it is important that earmarks are avoided and that various local projects are discussed on the whole.