Right now in Washington DC, the Republican party is locked in a debate over whether or not “earmarks” (pork spending) should be eliminated. There are arguments for and against the pork spending, and right now some very powerful Republican members of Congress absolutely don’t want to lose their precious “earmarks”. They say that if they don’t appropriate the money and spend it as they see fit on their pork projects, that Obama will just take the money and spend it as he sees fit on his pork projects. These Republican members of Congress who are using this excuse just don’t get it, and they need to hear from us and be told a simple message:
The way our government works, Congress controls spending and approves the federal budget. Don’t be suckered in by the argument that “the money is going to spent anyway, it might as well be spent by Republicans”. Spending needs cut, and earmarks are a start. Our country needs to return to federalism, where the federal government does not fund local and state projects through the earmarks process and returns to the core basic federal spending that they are supposed to do.
The real bottom line is that earmarks are widely used in Congress to buy votes, both from constituents and fellow members of Congress. They are nothing more than glorified bribes, and very expensive ones at that. We need to put an end to earmarks and pork spending once and for all.
It is very disappointing to see these Republican members of Congress who don’t want to change from the old status quo that has prevailed in Washington DC for so long. If they don’t get their act straight, maybe they need to be replaced in the next election cycle.
“A rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive.”
– Thomas Jefferson
“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.”
– Thomas Jefferson