The Washington Times - March 9, 2009, 09:18AM

Democratic leaders are trying to convince anyone who’ll listen that earmarks are a good thing and not a euphemism for pork-barrel spending, S.A. Miller is reporting.

Democrats say there are some very good reasons why Congress should direct taxpayer money to their districts for pet projects, even as President Obama has vowed to crack down on earmarks.

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If members of Congress don’t direct the funds, says Sen. Dick Durbin, “we give the money to the agency downtown and they decide where to spend it.”

Republicans, who made the same argument when they controlled both chambers of Congress, now argue against earmarks.

Talk about being between a rock and hard place.  I guess it boils down to this — Who do you trust?

Durbin goes on to say: “It isn’t as if the money won’t be spent.  Oh, it will be spent.”  Oh, don’t we know it!

Benjamin Franklin said, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  And after one has died, it is not certain how one’s remains will be handled; however, after one has been taxed, it is certain that money will be spent.

So spending taxpayer money on pet projects is good if your party is in power and bad if your party is out of power.  That sounds simple enough.  Why can’t the economy recognize that fact?  It’s the stupid economy.