Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Coburn: Earmark Myths and Realities


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."
He addresses each of these common defenses of earmarks, and shares four realities that he sees.
  • 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
 I highly encourage you to read Coburn's excellent article by clicking here.

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