Congressman Jim Cooper announced today that he won’t submit earmark funding requests for Nashville. That’s great, isn’t it? Here’s what Cooper said:
“This is a great opportunity to do what’s right and put a stop to ATM politics. I believe Americans are way ahead of their elected leaders on some pretty basic wisdom: Don’t spend money you don’t have, and what you do have, spend wisely. Congress should live up to such a reasonable standard.”
So if it’s the right thing to do, how come I don’t feel so good right now? Maybe it’s because, while the rest of the country is enjoying its share of federal largesse, I’m going to be wondering where’s my pork? Cooper himself has asked for earmarks in the past. In a Tennessean
oped in January, he wrote, “Let me be clear: I play today's political game so that the Nashville area will not be disadvantaged.”
So now he’s willing to let Nashville be disadvantaged? Congressman, let me be clear: We didn’t elect you to pull high-minded publicity stunts. We elected you to load up the pork train. Get back at it.