Published: Tuesday, May 15 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Bobs' point was that because of a few bad apples, we now have no apples.
No, Bob's point was that earmarks DON'T ADD ANYTHING to the federal
budget. The writer of this letter didn't bother reading the article,
apparently. Earmarks merely designate where ALREADY APPROPRIATED money should be
spent. If you don't earmark, expenditures are determined by the executive
branch instead of congress where the responsibility rightly lies. The writer
apparently wants the president to have control of all money appropriated by
congress. I say keep as much of it out of his hands as possible.
Does the author not realize his education is a product of earmarks? Bob Bennett
is out because he wanted to work as a United States Senator, not a Tea Party
activist that had no clue what the original Tea Party was about.
@SEYWhat earmarks do, though, is take money from programs that have
been approved by Congress in the budget and take the money to pet projects. It
is a no-win situation for the agencies affected. I'll give you an example.
The National Weather Service received it's allocation of funds for the
year. Personnel decision, long range planning, and expenditures were set up and
priorities made based on those dollar figures. A Senator, Patty Murray from
Washington decided that a second radar in the Seattle area needed to be
earmarked taking millions of dollars from priorities that had already been set
and the wheels were already in motion. So the agency was required to purchase a
doppler radar system and not complete projects that they were required by the
same Congress to accomplish. It is an absolute no-win for anyone other than
Patty Murray who can now boast about how she got the residents a second radar -
which they didn't even need.
True enough, CHS 85. The writer was complaining about wasteful spending of our
representatives as if eliminating earmarks would solve the problem. Really??
Congress would be spending wisely without earmarks? Not in this world! The only
positive solution is to stop allowing them to have so much money to practice
their wasteful spending habits in the first place.
Mr. Bennett points out the reactionary politics of some segments of the
republican party. We need a strong yet reasoned response the years of
irresponsibility in Washington.There are different kinds of earmarks.
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