For today’s sad but true quips about Jim Moran, I decided to do some digging and pull up some more older stories on Jim Moran. Here’s what I found.
Oct 2002: Despite endorsing his candidacy in 2002, the Sun Gazette still didn’t have some good things to say about him.
“U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-8th, seems to want to self-destruct. Some of his behavior is simply too close to the ethical and legal line….”
“his ethical clumsiness was apparent well before his first term in Congress began in 1991.”
Feb 2008: Citizens Against Government Waste reports on statements made by Moran on earmarking.
On January 29, Roll Call reported Rep. Moran saying, “We should be earmarking more, for roads and bridges and even soup kitchens. People are hurting.” The real problem is that members of Congress have been engaged in a frenzy of earmarking projects like “Bridges to Nowhere” and “Roads to Nowhere” without regard to merit or whether the funding ever achieves any measurable outcomes. Rep. Moran himself is responsible for 67 earmarks in the fiscal 2008 budget, worth $97 million.
As much as members of Congress like to think their pork spending is only a drop in the bucket, study after study has shown that earmarking has real consequences and is detrimental to both agency priorities and taxpayers.
March 2008: Moran “wins” runner up in “Porker of the Year.”
Rep. Moran snagged the Porker of the Month in November, 2008 for his enthusiastic support for wealth redistribution and his disdain for the idea that people who create wealth should be entitled to keep it. These days, with the passage of the $787 billion “stimulus” package, $700 billion in bank bailouts, the $410 billion omnibus bill crammed with thousands of earmarks and the deficit hovering somewhere between $1.7 and $1.8 trillion, Rep. Moran must be as happy as a pig in…well, you know what we mean.