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Reviving earmarks is the
last thing Congress should do

Washington Examiner, by Editoral

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Posted By:mikkins2, 5/2/2014 6:02:09 PM

Three unexpected stories have appeared in the news recently concerning the earmark ban approved by Congress in 2010 following a long campaign led by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. In the first, under a headline proclaiming that “pork is back on the table in Mississippi,” National Journal´s Alex Roarty reported that “a pair of Republican candidates -- Sen. Thad Cochran and former Democratic congressman-turned-GOP challenger Gene Taylor -- are embracing the now-banned practice sometimes labeled pork-barrel spending, using it not only to bolster their own campaigns but to cudgel their foes.” In the second, with a headline reporting that

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"Democrats and Republicans working for a common goal.”
Dick Durban

Yes Dick. Both parties working to fleece the American taxpayer to funnel money into their own pockets and campaign coffers.

Got Tea?

Please split long headline. LCom Staff.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: eoddad, 5/2/2014 6:06:17 PM     (No. 9834236)

They never get the message.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 5/2/2014 6:15:51 PM     (No. 9834239)

Some of these old establishment bulls refuse to see the light. They are out of date and hopefully, out of time. Buh-bye.

Yeah, I got TEA.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bkt23, 5/2/2014 6:30:51 PM     (No. 9834255)

Someone please explain this to me.

Earmarks are specific passages in a law that dedicate a certain amount of funds to a certain purpose.

Pork is a specific passage in a law that has nothing to do with the law that allocates funds to a vastly different purpose.

Earmarks compel the Executive branch to spend the allocated amount on a specific project. That´s good, right?

Pork is evil. It is what legislators use to get re-elected.

Am I wrong?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: planetgeo, 5/2/2014 8:54:32 PM     (No. 9834404)

#3, it´s a difference without a real difference. The net effect of both is to funnel money to a pet project or company, and it´s a way for politicians to reward their backers or get recognition in their district/state for bringing home the bacon. It´s a major corrupting practice and huge waste of tax money.

I continue to be in awe of the terminal stupidity of the Republican Party. Their ability to find creative ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of pending victory is unbelievable. It´s all one, big, corrupt party.

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