David Boaz at the Cato Institute maintains it's not the earmarks that are the problem; the problem is the congressional pigs at the trough unable to distinguish between the general welfare and garden variety welfare giveaways and the voters who continually vote for themselves other people's money.
The fundamental problem is not earmarks. It is that the federal government is paying for clearly local and state responsibilities. Opponents of excessive spending should not stop at an earmark ban. They should insist that the federal government pay for national needs and leave state and local projects to the states and towns that want them.
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