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Earmarks Are Excellent–They Help Texas & Help All People

U.S House Democrats are moving to temporarily restrict so-called earmarks. This is a mistake. The Houston Chronicle reports today that curtailing earmarks would, among many other things, impact a project at the Houston Zoo and would cut funding for much needed improvements in Downtown Beaumont, Texas.

Most earmarks are good. They help communities across the nation and create jobs. They also help expand the reach of government and provide sound reasons to maintain taxes at a rate adequate to meet the needs of the public.

Hopefully all this earmark fuss is just for show. Democrats are the party that holds government can make a difference in people’s lives. We should be confident in our beliefs.

I am going to write my local congressperson and say that I am for earmarks. I urge all others do to the same.

January 31, 2007 - Posted by | Houston, Politics, Taxes---Yes!

1 Comment »

  1. I don’t think the Democrats are really trying to ban earmarks, I think they are trying to make the earmarks public. During the Republican congress, earmarks were attached to bills, and these earmarks could go to literally anything without the public’s knowledge. So money was getting funneled out of the government with no eyes on it. I think that’s what they’re trying to stop by making earmarks a matter of public record.

    Plus, earmarks themselves are by their very nature sneaky. They are added to existing spending that will not be voted down (like spending for the war). There is no reason why the zoos can’t receive money through the normal voting process, which I agree that they should.

    Anyway, that’s just my two cents. Maybe three cents since it is a little longer than my normal comments.

    Comment by Librocrat | February 4, 2007

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