U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Muskogee) penned an op-ed on NationalReview.com today, discussing earmarks. In the piece, he states, "As Senate Republicans prepare to vote on an earmark moratorium, I would encourage my colleagues to consider four myths and four realities of the debate."
According to Coburn, the four earmarking myths are:
- "Eliminating earmarks does not actually save any money."
- "Earmarks represent a very tiny portion of the federal budget and eliminating them would do little to reduce the deficit."
- "Earmarking is about whose discretion it is to make spending decisions. Do elected members of Congress decide how taxes are spent, or do unelected bureaucrats and Obama administration officials?"
- "The Constitution gives Congress the responsibility and authority to earmark."
- Earmarks are a major distraction
- This debate is over among the American people and the House GOP
- Earmarking is bad policy
- Earmarking is bad politics