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  1. dag

    I think we need to keep it in perspective, though. While they are large sums in dollar figures, as a percentage earmarks represent a small portion of the federal budget. And some of the projects are actually worthwhile and contribute to local communities. Now, I do fully agree that the process and reporting structure needs to be overhauled.

  2. admin

    Of course you’re right; there are some (lots of) projects that are worthwhile and contribute to local communities. I apologize if my invective against spurious expenditures would create the impression that I am against earmarks completely. The regulation of where and how federal tax dollars are allocated when included in earmarks is so broken that it becomes difficult not to go on a tirade against earmarks in general. Simply holding politicians publicly accountable for their earmarks would be a wonderful first step.

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