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House Republicans Approve Earmark Ban

Posted on March 11 2010 4:24 pm
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By Lori Ziganto at RedState:

This is a step in the right direction at curbing spending. You have to start somewhere and pork-barrel spending is a good place to start. While the numbers involved aren’t huge, in relation to total spending, at the very least it means that the GOP is listening and starting to take heed. Usually, one isn’t apt to take a lone stance against accepting earmarks, because the self-serving rationale often used is that if everyone else is still doing it, your constituents are paying for the pork of others and getting nothing in return. Sure, they’ll sometimes talk about it, but usually won’t actually turn any earmarks down. It’s also why pork-barrel spending lends itself very easily to corruption, which is the larger issue.

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