With Congressional primaries less than one year away, it’s time for "franked mailings" to increase.
is that privilege members of Congress confer upon themselves of being able to mass-mail reelection literature throughout their districts – and U.S. taxpayers are conferred the privilege of paying for it.
As reported here previously, Congressman John J. Duncan
(R-Knoxville) has requested $178 million
, earmarked for 35 projects in his congressional district. If approved, this will be a 1,019 percent increase
over the $15.9 million he is reported to have spent the previous year on local earmarks.
During the last presidential election, GOP nominee John McCain promised to “make them famous”
– stating that he would make sure everyone knew who the members of congress are who run up federal budget deficits via massive spending in their home districts.
Thus far, Senator McCain has shown no inclination to make Mr. Duncan “famous” for his willingness to jump on the Obamabucks bandwagon. (McCain probably has just as much ability to do this as a U.S. Senator as he would have had as President. Why he has not come through is anybody’s guess. If it’s the right thing for a President to do, then it’s also the right thing for a U.S. Senator to do).
Mr. Duncan’s most recent "franked mail" assault on his district came in the last few weeks. In a newsletter entitled Washington Report
, Mr. Duncan complains that:
At a time when most families are having to tighten their belts and be more careful in their spending, the Congress keeps giving big increases to every department. In fact, this Congress is the biggest spending one I have ever been in."
Conspicuously absent from this newsletter was any mention of Mr. Duncan's own 1,019 percent increase
in earmarks for his own district, and any attempt to explain how it is "different" when he does it. Perhaps that will be included in another franked-mail blitz during the coming year.
Anyone wishing to contact Mr. Duncan’s office can visit this e-mail link:
Anyone wishing to study Mr. Duncan’s earmark requests can do so at the link accompanying this article.