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Democrats, Republicans, Texans & All People Like Earmarks—Because Earmarks Are Good

Here is a link to a Houston Chronicle story about the widespread good done by federal earmarks in the Houston-area and in Texas.  

Our government has the right and the responsibility to promote the general welfare.  

Earmarks return taxpayer money back to the people in form of help for needed projects that would otherwise go undone, and in the form of the jobs these projects create. 

Here is some of what the story says–

•Earmarks are bipartisan. Sen. Hutchison was the state’s most successful proponent of such spending in 2007, bringing home $254 million in projects. Every other Texas lawmaker in Congress except one, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, sought them.

•Military and water projects accounted for nearly 85 percent of the funding of Texas’ earmarks. The military projects included the construction of barracks and other facilities designed to improve the lives of the troops. The water projects included flood-control and dredging programs….

The state won 18 earmarks worth about $6 million for a variety of cultural projects, including the Pearl Fincher Arts Museum in Spring, the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum in the North Texas town of Greenville and a museum marking the site of a World War II prisoner-of-war camp in the Central Texas community of Hearne.

Other earmarks included agricultural research programs, such as a $242,000 project for bee studies at the Agriculture Research Service in Weslaco in Central Texas and a $111,000 grant for dairy and goat research at Prairie View A&M University.

Don’t be ashamed to tell friends and family that you support earmarks. Earmarks help people in all walks of life and all across the United States.

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March 25, 2008 - Posted by | Houston, Politics, Taxes---Yes!, Texas | , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. “Our government has the right and the responsibility to promote the general welfare.”

    I hear what you’re saying. I understand when an earmark helps my community I feel good about it. But it’s a classic argument of group vs private charity.

    Our government has the responsibility to: pave the roads, protect the border (our border), print money, detain criminals, assist free flow of trade and protect personal freedoms.

    The rest is why we have discussions/political parties/lobbyists/associations… you get it.

    Some earmarks do incredible good, others are simply useless. The frustration comes from when a California resident is paying for a Maine project. There should be more funds designated for State and maybe even County level execution. This would eliminate the need to discuss earmarks, and put the money at least in those areas that know how to best utilize it.

    Just my thoughts -

    Comment by Heath | March 25, 2008

  2. I don’t have a problem with paying for a project in another part of the nation. I figure I am paying federal taxes and the money will be spent around the nation.

    I’m certain what you say about some of the projects being useless is correct. Yet I imagine that most earmarks provide a pool of needed resources that would otherwise not exist.

    Thanks for your comment and please visit the blog again.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 25, 2008

  3. there are obscene earmarks and reasonable ones there is no balance bewteen what is needed and what is wanted. money could be better spent in anyones general opinion over some of the wierd things they come up with.

    Comment by bill brady | March 25, 2008

  4. “I don’t have a problem with paying for a project in another part of the nation.”

    I agree with you there, Neil. I remember hearing a few years back that the East Coast, which because of its population density and intense economic activity collects much more federal tax money than most regions, has long subsidized much of the nation’s federally-funded projects. Anyhow, isn’t that the point of having a federal system? The ability to pool collective resources to focus on local projects that couldn’t be accomplished by any municipal or state government? The idea that helping a community on the far side of the nation will always indirectly benefit the whole?

    Comment by Jeff Sirkin | March 27, 2008


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