Really are you kidding

For all those who say we never think a Republican can do any wrong we found one today. Remember the beginning of the month when we heard the Senate Republicans say there was ban on earmarks. A Republican has broken the rule three weeks after they made the commitment if anyone in Washington can ever be called out for a commitment. Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, pulled out a country riddled with debt $200 million to settle an Arizona Indian tribe’s water rights claim against the government. The sly move was passed when it slipped into a larger bill from President Barack Obama to settle claims by black farmers and American Indians against the federal government. This went over like a lead balloon and the office Senator Kyl insists the measure is not an earmark. Senate rules state an earmark is a spending item inserted primarily at the request of a senator that goes to an entity, or a targeted to a specific state. Sounds like an earmark to us. The money for the 15,000-member White Mountain Apache Tribe was one of four tribal water rights claims totaling almost $570 million that was added to the $5 billion-plus bill. Black farmers will get about $1.2 billion to settle claims that the Agriculture Department’s local offices discriminated against them in awarding loans and other aid. Another $3.4 billion goes to American Indians who say the Interior Department swindled them out of oil, gas and other royalties. The end of the day the tax payers just ponied up another five billion for crimes of generations before. The more things change the more they stay the same.

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