Sunday, December 13, 2009

Saying no to pork

How nice of the Senate to pass the budget Sunday - almost two and a half months after the start of the fiscal year.
The bill includes over 5,000 earmarks that cost roughly $4 billion. Just a drop in the bucket overall, but it's the attitude that counts. It helps spoil the atmosphere.
How does Congress work together when they think they have to grab those projects for their voters? And those of complain about earmarks are seen as freaks, out-of-step with reality?
If there was no competition for earmarks, then it might be easier to work together. In a realm of "pass my earmark and I'll help with yours," can Congress be motivated to do something for only the greater good?

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