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Tea Party Supporters Question GOP’s Appointment Of Rogers

December 15, 2010 by  

Tea Party supporters question GOP's appointment of RogersSome conservatives are not pleased with their party's decision to name Representative Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) as the next leader of the House Appropriations Committee.

Rogers, who is nicknamed the "Prince of Pork" because of his history of steering Federal dollars toward his home state through earmarks, was pegged as the next chair of the spending committee by GOP House leaders on Dec. 8. FOX News reports that Rogers came close to securing $100 million worth of earmark funding in 2010.

Some Republicans, including Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), believe that the appointment of Rogers will not go over well with most Tea Party followers, who strongly support reduced government spending, including the elimination of pork legislation.

"It's unbelievable," Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, told FOX News in reference to the selection of Rogers. "It's a direct message from the Republican leadership that they don't give a darn about what the American public thinks."

Representative Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), an anti-earmark crusader, received a spot on the Appropriations panel, and he may have oversight powers on certain funds that the committee distributes. The Wall Street Journal reports that Flake's appointment may help calm anxiety among conservatives about Rogers' leadership post. 

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  • Castaway

    Some things will never change. America is being poisoned by too much pork. The great ship America, will end up capsizing from the weight of so much unecessary PORK! It is shaping up to be like I said it would after the elections in November. SAME CRAP, DIFFERENT DAY! Professional politics will never be any different. That is why we need a regime change.SOON!

  • R. Terry Allen


    WHEN!— is it going to STOP –neither party are doing the right thing.

    I Guess it will STOP when—-We end-up like EUROPEAN countries. Too BAD we can’t HELP ourselves right now with this problem.

  • Simsmd in Indiana

    Since term limits are out of the question, what conservative groups do we have available that we could use to fund anti-incumbent candidates inside the parties? Why not put our own limit on the number of times we’ll vote for the folks who seem to get Potomac Swamp Fever after 6 or 8 years in the filth and slime. I personally think 6 House terms of 12 years, then either move up the ladder or move out, and 2 Senate terms of 12 years and then go get a real job. We need to screen for new candidates constantly, and make sure they know going in, incumbency will not carry them to the promised land. Problem is finding enough people that actually pay attention to politics. People either are rah rah party or don’t care until a week before the election, and look for the “Cool” choice. I think the last one bit us in the hind quarter in ’08.

  • Mrkodee

    It appears that the only recourse we have is to “track” how our elected officials follow through with the promises they made during their campaigns, and continue to “CLEAN HOUSE” if they refuse to listen and amend the way they “govern”. CUT SPENDING; STAND-ALONE BILLS (no earmarks!); FULL TRANSPARENCY (no back-door diplomacy); and above all, NO SCREWING AROUND WITH THE CONSTITUTION!!!! We need to protect our LIBERTIES and our FREEDOM!

  • FJ

    Call them and tell them their jobs are on the line…all of them: Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and Tea Party! Cell phones don’t have long distance charges, so find them and call. Tell them we’re watching their every move.

    Maybe we should not vote for the big money people but instead, vote for those who haven’t been able to raise much money but are willing to work for “we the people” as they are supposed to.

  • Josh

    If voting could change anything it would be illegal.

  • FlaJim

    Rogers is not the only poor choice for a committee chairman. There’s Upton of MI who is left of most Dem members who’s ‘earned’ a powerful chairmanship simply on the basis of seniority. He’s an Arlen Specter type who talks conservatism just long enough to get through an election and then supports nearly all Dem positions.

    One of the principles of conservatism is merit as opposed to longevity. ‘Merit’ is not knowing how to get things done, either. It’s doing the right thing.

  • s c

    If Rogers is a “porker,” then the ‘Republicans’ should have known better (good luck with that). Porkers create and maintain a perverted form of entitlement(s). It may be great for getting re-elected, but it amounts to a form of incompetence and fosters a Washingtonian status quo.
    I get the impression the RNC and their whore RINOs weren’t paying any attention to the recent election. Kentucky voters, you are obligated to do what you can to make Rogers uncomfortable daily and always looking over his shoulder. Don’t we already have too many RINOs, McCains, Specters, useful idiots, progressives and wannabe traitors in Washington?

  • http://google guyleggett

    It is like watching the same bad movie over and over again. We will never get term limits as long as we keep electing the same people to run the show.

  • wytex

    Bad move,GOPorkers! You will pay dearly for it in 2012.

  • hundabuxt

    If we last that long. They know it and the heat is on for them to accomplish their goals while they have enough power.

  • chuckb

    what is happening at this moment in wash.d.c. should explain to all conservatives we have blamed the wrong politicians. the republican party is the problem, we know what the democrats are, however, our trust has been in the republicans to counteract the socialist movement presented by the demos. the rino’s have and are steering the agenda and apparently appointing the new committee members of their ilk. so we are not getting change just the same old get along republicans, telling the demos to do what they want just let us enjoy the life and power we rino’s have.
    has any of them read the start treaty,no!

  • chuckb

    yet they are ready to vote it in. remember this is part of hillarys doing, she has been part of the negotiation and this must thrill her, she was trying to get our guns banned thru the un and all therse years since her college days she has dreamt of doing our nuclear arms in. throw the republicans out and lets get a new party to represent the conservative wing.

  • hundabuxt

    Chuck B

    You’re right but that’s what 60 new Republican faces sent to washington on the Tea Party wave are supposed to start to turn around. Lets hope they get it because we have two more years to suffer if not and that’s a lifetime. They’ll have to overcome some serious power from well financed lobbyists doing their masters’ bidding.


    Ladies and Gents, right now the Deemers are acting out in spite to show you how mad they are you did not keep them in power, they hates your bloom’n intestines they do and this lame duck illegality is their way of showing their wrath.

    On the other side of the coming new year is the battle between the Tea Party inspired Republicans and the old RINO ruling class or the cave-ins, they are going to clash and battle this coming year. This lousy ridiculous clown porkster they just appointed is a prime example of the RINO intention to keep hold of the reins. They will be getting the word, again that RINOism sucks and will no longer be tolerated, either wake or get out because in “14″ you are going to leave anyway. All the excuses you conjour up to pork up and allow the lib torpedoe thru the net is not going to save your equivocating butts, “your time is up”.

    • Dan az

      We can only hope!

  • Kathleen S

    This next two years will give us time to really decide if it is time for a third party. The Republican Party is such a disappointment. To see the way they do not get behind the Tea Party movement. The Republicans are truly blessed that this group has pretty much voted with them but if they don’t change their ways, they are going to lose a lot of power. The Tea Party movement really speaks for so many of us out here that have been looked down upon as ignorant, poor and easily misled. To me they are people with wisdom, knowledge and down to earth common sense principles. Plus, they are Patriots. Washington, D.C. seems to have become a Cess pool of greedy Politicians looking out for themselves. That’s why Sarah Palin and others are so dangerous. They don’t go along with the status quo. “God, please forgive us for our transgressions and be merciful to America! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Wiselady

    Wiselady says:


    Yep! I knew it would happen. How did Harold Rogers get the Chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee? We must go after that individual for using poor judgement. Do these people have an IQ??

    I have seen the list of Republicans that need not be re-elected;they must be posted every day until election next year…lest we too, go to sleep at the wheel.

    Thank you, Kathleen for your strong faith and prayer. We need to be uplifting each other.


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