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Friday, September 29, 2006

Does Oberstar Read the Newspaper?

Anybody who doubts that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty need look no further than the U.S. House of Representatives and Rep. James Oberstar, D-MN, who cleverly took advantage of a House rule to slip an anonymous earmark worth $11.5 million into the Coast Guard appropriation bill.

But wait a minute, didn't the House just adopt a new rule requiring the names of earmark sponsors be made public? True and Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters explains how Oberstar got around that new rule. It's why he's earned the Porkbusters Shame Frame you see with this post.

A fervent discussion ensued on the House floor last night between Oberstar and Rep. Jeff Flake, R-AZ. Flake was understandably ticked that the ink was barely dry on that new House rule mandating identification of earmarks sponsors before Members were looking for ways to get around it. Andy Roth at Club for Growth has the video here of a hemming and hawing Oberstar trying to explain why black is not black, it's actually white.