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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - James T. Walsh
Capitol Hill insiders say at least 75 percent of lawmakers privately still think earmarking is a correct and proper use of congressional authority. Yet last week, one of the Senate's champion earmarkers, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, hammered home the nail that officially ended the practice — at least for the time being.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week began running radio advertisements to criticize 12 Republican House members for their "lock-step" support of President Bush's war policy.
"Everybody liked it, but it was prior to the election and the wind was blowing so hard against earmarks and we made no headway," he said. "But I think within those principles is a workable approach to this."
"Lots of press was generated, lots of ribbons were cut, and it drew the ire of some in the press and some in the legislature, because they didn't do it, they thought it was wrong," Mr. Walsh said. "And so over time it became referred to as earmarks and pork-barrel spending, and it's become really the bogeyman of the Congress."