“I know the good that has come from the projects I have helped support throughout my state,” said Mr. McConnell, a Kentuckian. “I don’t apologize for them. But there is simply no doubt that the abuse of this practice has caused Americans to view it as a symbol of the waste and the out-of-control spending that every Republican in Washington is determined to fight.”
More than simply the debate over whether earmarks increase federal spending amounting to about only 1% of discretionary spending to the part of the budget that Congress controls, it is a stark reminder of the bribery made possible in “the Corn Husker” chapter of vote garnering of Obama-care. It is more than “delivering for the people of Nevada” as Harry Reid aptly puts it. It is a two way street of favoritism that true government transparency no longer needs.