Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul — who is campaigning as a critic of congressional overspending — has revealed that he is requesting $400 million worth of earmarks this year.
The Wall Street Journal reports Paul's office says those requests include $8 million for the marketing of wild American shrimp and $2.3 million to pay for research into shrimp fishing.
A spokesman says, "Reducing earmarks does not reduce government spending, and it does not prohibit spending upon those things that are earmarked. What people who push earmark reform are doing is they are particularly misleading the public — and I have to presume it's not by accident."
Hypocrite!!! He speaks out against spending, chastises his Senate colleagues for earmarks, and then makes them himself.
The Ron Paul revolution is a farce. He is just a politician. I really wanted to like him, but examination of his record reveals he is full of it…
If Ron Paul believed in what he says he already would have called an Article V convention.
I'm trying to get people interested in Ron Paul and have been facing an argument about pork spending for some time. Also, I'm not fully sure what this guy means when asks about an Article V convention.
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