What a shock to find that the budget filled with pork was held back until after the mid-terms by Dirty Harry Reid. It’s a $1.1 trillion dollar monstrosity to fund the federal government until the end of Sept., 2011 when the fiscal year ends. The focus as usual will be on the thousands of earmarks totaling over $8 billion dollars. Guess what? They come from both sides of the aisle so you can’t blame one party or the other for not listening to the election message. Even if the public outcry were great enough to convince Congress to eliminate them voluntarily, the total budget would not be reduced a penny. Still $1.1 trillion.
Mike Shedlock has a good link up showing where all $130 billion dollars in earmarks from 2011 appropriated spending is going. Check it out here. Enjoy the transparency while you can. Earmark reform will eliminate this track record of who is spending what. The American people are being hoodwinked on this issue as well. Eliminating earmarks won’t save you a single penny of your tax dollars. It will cost you plenty in that you won’t be able to see so easily what your members of Congress are doing with your money. Like I said, that $1.1 trillion stays the same. Now it will just be allocated out of the sunlight without accountability.
The media confuses pork with earmarks. An earmark is simply a member allocating funds to a specific project in his/her district. Like they should be doing as you hired them to represent your interests and bring federal tax dollars back to your district. Now, without a doubt, it may be wasteful and we may not like it, but that’s why you hold them accountable at the ballot box.
Pork, on the other hand, is just wasteful spending from with-in a bill. Which is what you will have with this budget. The $8 billion in earmarks, assuming they are eliminated, will still stay in the bill. Now it can be spent wherever dingy Harry decides. Eliminated earmark funding converts to discretionary funding. Congress loves general funds. Slush funds are their idea of nirvana. They can waste it any way they choose without worrying about silly little details like accountability. Accountability which you are demanding they remove.
I think every single dollar of every single spending bill should be earmarked. I want to know who asked for it, where it’s going and exactly how much it is. It’s like a complete audit of members of Congress that we can utilize at the ballot box to determine who is spending our tax dollars wisely. To do otherwise is just asking for fraud,waste and abuse and that’s what we get. Do you want to eliminate wasteful government spending as you said at the ballot box? If politicians have to publicly account for every dollar in a proposed spending bill before it is passed, do you think some of the garbage may not be in there? It’s amazing what a deterrent a bright spotlight is as opposed to the dark shadows.