Earlier this month there was an article in the Spokesman-Review about our Congresswoman, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, being named the chair of the Select Committee on Earmark Reform. I didn't pay much attention to it since McMorris Rodgers' moratorium on earmarks was something I considered to be more of a political stunt than a sincere responsibility, moral or ethical stand.
Then I got this email from her today.
So I took a closer look. Aside from McMorris Rodgers, here are the other committee members:
All Republican members of the House. The party of values is beckoning me.
Earmarks are out of control and they are a huge problem. But they are a recent problem. We can live without them if we choose to.
From the Review article I mentioned earlier:
And will she continue her "no earmarks" policy in 2009?
"I'm going to wait and see how this process goes."
Well, for me that answer screams that it's a rock-solid values-based responsible, moral and ethical stand the Republican Party is dead serious about.