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  •  Yeah, ending earmarks (5+ / 0-)

    ended one of the most effective devices for disciplining caucus members.

    "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War. http://www.kynect.ky.gov/ for healthcare coverage in Kentucky

    by SouthernLeveller on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 10:17:34 AM PST

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    •  Hate to say it – but you’re absolutely right. (2+ / 0-)
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      “The meaning of life is to find it.”

      by ArcticStones on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 10:29:48 AM PST

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      •  I said so at the time. (4+ / 0-)
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        I said, Democrats and the Tea Party fulfilling McCain's fondest wish is going to come back and bite us. Wasteful? Some were, but they accounted for less than 1% of budgets. And sometimes they were the only way poor states and districts got funding--witness all the things in WV with Byrd's name on them.

        And, they gave leverage for getting votes for controversial legislation.

        Now, the only real tool for party discipline is committee appointments.

        Unlike parliaments, we don't have the distinction between "platform votes" and "free votes" or "conscience votes." Nearly every vote by a legislator in our system is a "free vote."

        "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War. http://www.kynect.ky.gov/ for healthcare coverage in Kentucky

        by SouthernLeveller on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 10:40:02 AM PST

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        •  Earmarks have a good side that's forgotten (3+ / 0-)
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          One reason we send people to Congress is because they supposedly know what their districts or states need, and are in position to obtain funding for specific projects. It's a way of dealing with what are essentially local matters in a national framework. When you think about representing constituent interests, isn't that what it is about at least partly?

          The caricature that somebody pays off a Congressman in exchange for pork is true enough, but it's not the whole story.

          "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

          by xaxnar on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 10:54:14 AM PST

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    •  Good (1+ / 0-)
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      Makes the body more democratic and representative of the electorate. Decentralizes power.

      Ends plenty of ill effects of favoritism etc. in the earmarks themselves as well.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 10:54:28 AM PST

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