Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Stop me before I earmark again!

Talking Points Memo has assembled a slide show of US Senators and Representatives who voted against the omnibus FY 2009 spending bill because of its earmarks, even after having personally inserted a good number of earmarks for their own districts. I agree that earmarks are in general a bad idea, but they only make up a percentage or two of the total budget. On a scale of government waste that's pretty small. I could imagine making an effort to keep earmarks out of a bill, then voting for the final bill even if it contained earmarks I tried to stop. I couldn't imagine larding up a bill with as many of my own earmarks as possible, then voting against the final bill because of all those earmarks. Disingenuous to say the least.