August 5, 2007


Shaming Congress on pet projects backfires: New visibility of earmarks simply fueled money grab (EDMUND L. ANDREWS and ROBERT PEAR, 8/04/07, New York Times)

If the idea was to shame lawmakers into restraint, it did not work.

Eight months after Democrats vowed to shine light on the dark art of "earmarking" money for pet projects, many lawmakers say the new visibility has only intensified the competition for projects by letting each member see exactly how many everyone else is receiving.

So far this year, House lawmakers have put together spending bills that include almost 6,500 earmarks for almost $11 billion in local projects, half of which the Bush administration opposed.

The earmark frenzy hit fever pitch in recent days, even as the Senate passed new rules that allow more public scrutiny of them.

If a congressman isn't bringing home the bacon he isn't doing his job.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2007 7:30 AM

There is no "bringing home the bacon." Every dime spent comes out of the taxpayers pockets.

Every dollar of pork took more money out of most districts.

With the collapse of levies in NOLA and the collapse of tunnels in Boston, and the collapse of bridges in MN, we see the result of "earmarks" and pork.

It kills people.

You can't maintain infrastructure when you are funding useless projects that accomplish next to nothing.

Both the Congressman supplying pork and the scum that fund campaigns to access pork are directly to blame for our infrastructure problems, as are the as the tax-eating bureaucracies supported by them.

You can't fund a civilization if you are funding the people that are trying to destroy it.

Posted by: Bruno at August 5, 2007 12:21 PM

Your congressman is a thief sucking at the public teat. My congressman is bravely fighting the corrupt bosses to get us our fair share of the federal budget.

Posted by: Ibid at August 5, 2007 1:47 PM

What the anti-corruptionists and pork-busters forgot to mention (or deliberately ignored) is that they were putting back in power the people who'd had a 12 year backlog that needed to be filled. And they're determined to do it before they face another election.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 5, 2007 9:11 PM