Iowa Voice: Harkin is Pro-Pork
Excerpted from this post at Iowa Voice
Via the Fort Dodge Messenger: "When members of Congress set aside federal money for projects in their districts or states, they call it earmarking. Others may call it pork-barrel spending or worse. And while the practice can be controversial, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin believes it's both necessary and protected by the Constitution." Harkin's reasoning is not sound. 1. Just because Congress has the "power of the purse" doesn't mean they can spend with impunity. Does not the President have the "power to wage war," yet Harkin wouldn't say Bush can do whatever he wants with that power. 2. Harkin states that earmarks are necessary because bureaucrats wouldn't otherwise be able to find the "worthwhile local efforts." ... The real point is that if earmarks were "worthwhile" they wouldn't need to be earmarked. They could be voted on in their own bill. Besides, no one complains about earmarking of "worthwhile" efforts.