Congress Agrees to Keep Earmarking

Totally misreading the public mood, as always, Democrats and Republicans in the House have reached a deal to include earmarks on the 10 remaining appropriations bills that will pass after the Homeland Security bill goes through without earmarks.

The public wants earmarking stopped! It understands that rather than providing jobs, it is a device lawmakers use to stimulate campaign contributions from the grateful corporate or nonprofit recipients of this largesse. Congress should restore presidential authority to impound money and the line-item veto to fight earmarks. Those who earmark will face tougher scrutiny from the voters than they have ever faced now that the public is alive to earmarking, which consumes $64 billion every year, a healthy slice of total discretionary federal spending.