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Friday, March 13, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: The failure of leadership behind that pig odor earmark

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

President Barack Obama proposed reforms to the Congressional
earmarking process on Wednesday: Members' earmark requests should be
posted on their Web sites. There should be public hearings on earmark
requests "where members will have to justify their expense to the
taxpayer." Any earmark for a for-profit company would have to be
competitively bid. The reforms are intended to deflect criticism after
Obama signed the $410 billion 2009 omnibus spending bill, which
included about $7.7 billion in earmarks. I have no time for the
Republican Party's blatant hypocrisy on what is really a "phantom
problem." Republican members of Congress secure plenty of earmarks for
their own states even as they posture against "pork."

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