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  •  Earmarks mostly target government spending (0+ / 0-)

    to local projects that need funding. Ones that require the local knowledge of a district Senators and Representatives.

    Don't they?

    I suspect this must be the overwhelming majority of money allocated in the fashion.

    Do we know?

    (-9,-9) pragmatic incrementalist :-P

    by Enterik on Thu Dec 02, 2010 at 10:50:45 AM PST

    •  The vast majority go to things like (5+ / 0-)

      schools, parks, community centers and infrastructure projects.  Earmarks are in theory very good - not just because the representative knows more or whatever - but also because any Administration can play payback games with money - starving one community over another based on their political leanings is not unheard of.  In any case, there are outrageous allocations made from time to time and there are bridges to nowhere that serve to enrich only a handful of people and those are problematic.  But Congress is supposed to bring home the bacon - that is part of their job description - they come to DC to represent the best interests of their constituents and they should have the flexibility to do so - that's why the Constitution gave them the power...

      •  All true, but... (1+ / 0-)
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        take, for instance, Chip Cravaack who ran against (and defeated) Jim Oberstar with strong rhetoric against Oberstar's success in bringing home the bacon. Cravaack's stance against earmarks has already softened ("we have to separate what's needed versus what's wanted"), so we need to nail these bastards for their hypocrisy and do whatever is required to remind the idiots who voted for them that they were lied to... lied to... lied to... We must take maximum advantage from the widening distance between their campaign rhetoric and their actual politics.

        Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

        by angry marmot on Thu Dec 02, 2010 at 11:16:20 AM PST

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        •  Well, sure... (1+ / 0-)
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          But I will not allow their hypocrisy to poison the well of what should be a functioning government.

          Congress has, in effect, already handed off their right to decide whether or not we as a nation should go to war to the Executive Branch.  Handing off matters of budget allocation is just another step towards undermining our representative government - the point is that we shouldn't play into the Republicans' hands and go all crazy by becoming anti-earmark ourselves.

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