from the Omaha Reader
Can’t we be angry at both?
I do find it funny that the jokers in the republican party seem to love to attack earmarks while asking for them. Wasn’t the biggest earmark from Mitch McConnell?
Earmarks are just another scapegoat. There needs to be reform because they shouldn’t be used as a way to gather support for a bill, or stop one from passing. But in the grand scheme of things they are not a big deal. And most of them are for worthy causes that somebody cares about.
But requesting them while bashing them is disingenuous.
There does need to be reform, such as paying for essential federal government responsibilities first (the stuff the constitution specifies), ending unfunded mandates that require the use of earmarks (sewer renovation in omaha), and then returning what’s left over (HA!) to the taxpayers. Why does the federal government spend money on fruit fly research at UNL? Where is that in the Constitution? Yes, research is important. But no, the federal government is overstepping its mandate.
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