Oh how I loathe Eric Cantor. It’s not really his politics, though I certainly don’t agree with them. I do think he is an in intelligent, if perhaps overly ambitious guy, and have to applaud his ability to whip every single House Republican in line when it came to the Stimulus bill. No, it’s much more his general demeanor. The way he always seems to be whining and exaggerating even when he perhaps is not (I’ll have to take a look at FactCheck.org and research his honesty quotient later on…).
House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is rounding up — big-time — in his accounting of the $410 billion omnibus plan that passed the House last week.
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, Cantor claimed:
We have a — five — an almost $500 billion omnibus bill that came out of the House that will be considered by the Senate… The fact [is] that there are 9,000 earmarks in this bill…
The omnibus number is off by a whopping $90 billion — a more than the 22 percent deviation.
Cantor’s 9,000-earmark claim is also an exaggeration and doesn’t even contain the modifier “almost.”
Taxpayers for Common Sense, whose Feb. 24 earmarks analysis is widely cited (and the source of Cantor’s claim), had the total at 8,570. That amounts to $7.7 billion, $500 million less than the previous year.
UPDATE: We pointed this out to a Cantor spokesman who has yet to respond
I think I can forgive you this time Cantor, but we’ll be watching you and your devious ways. *
*There are also Democrats I dislike for shameful reasons, who I am sure will soon be written about. I like to think of myself as an equal opportunity offender.