Today Senator Barack Obama criticized Governor Palin for supporting earmarks as governor of Alaska.
“I know the governor of Alaska has been saying she’s change, and that’s great,” Obama said. “She’s a skillful politician. But, you know, when you’ve been taking all these earmarks when it’s convenient, and then suddenly you’re the champion anti-earmark person, that’s not change.”
The Junior Senator from Illinois might not want to open that pork-barrel. According to Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization that fights against governmental pork, Obama’s running mate Senator Joe Biden received the lowest possible grade a ZERO (out of 100). Obama’s grade for last year wasn’t much better, he got a 10. Senator McCain recieved a 100. Read the CAGW report below:
Posted on August 28, 2008 by Alexa MoutevelisCCAGW’s 2007 Congressional Ratings came out yesterday and you may be wondering how the presidential nominees did. • Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) 2007 rating was 10 percent, making his lifetime score 18 percent. The 2008 Congressional Pig Book contained 53 earmarks worth $97.4 million for Sen. Obama, including $1,648,850 for the Shedd Aquarium. • Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) received the worst possible rating in 2007 with 0 percent, while his lifetime rating is 22 percent. According to the Pig Book, Sen. Biden had 70 earmarks for a total of $119.7 million in fiscal year 2008, including $246,100 for the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) received a score of 100* percent and has a lifetime rating of 88, has never requested nor received a single earmark, and has pledged to veto any spending bill that contains any earmarks. *Sen. McCain was only present for 11 of the 35 Senate votes that CCAGW tallied. Therefore, he was not eligible for the Taxpayer Super Hero Award