Sunday, December 19, 2010

Its Not the Earmarks, Its the Pigs at the Trough

Last Friday night was a big date night for Americans. The monstrous $1.2 trillion Senate Omnibus bill of 1900+ pages containing 6,714 earmarks worth $8.3 billion was rejected over the objections of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Wielding his pocket Cato Institute Constitution like a feudal mace, Reid declared earmarks to be simple "congressionally-directed spending". And he's right. Approving earmarks is the job of Congress - earmarks to build a new fleet, earmarks to rebuild the national transportation system, earmarks that benefit the general welfare not earmarks to improve lighting in any small town central square.

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.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

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