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McCain – earmarks are bad, unless they are our earmarks

On the campaign trail, one of the earmarks that John McCain often made fun of was a request from Montana to study the DNA of bears. McCain would quip “I don’t know if that was a paternity issue or a criminal issue.”

But if you look in Palin’s earmark requests for the upcoming year, you will find a request to study the DNA of harbor seals. Does McCain think the paternity of seals is more important, or does he just harbor a grudge against bears?

Just to make this even more hypocritical, Palin also requested money for a study of the mating habits of crabs. And I thought that Palin opposed sex education!

From Our Republic.



  1. Richard wrote:

    We need to find a list of Palin’s earmarks and spread it around, or have it posted in a credible place.

    Friday, September 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm | Permalink
  2. iron wrote:

    Sure, just click on the second link in the post – “Palin’s earmark requests for the upcoming year” ( That gives you a PDF from the official Alaska gov site listing all her requested earmarks. Is that a credible enough place?

    Friday, September 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm | Permalink
  3. iron wrote:

    Here’s another list of the earmarks, this time from Senator Ted Stevens site. It starts with the same list as the link I posted previously, but it is followed by more detail about each project:

    Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 3:18 am | Permalink