Sunday, June 17, 2007


I'm waiting for my friends to wake up and stumbled across this website which lists all the earmarks (or, is attempting to) passed through Congress. Earmarks, for those of you who don't know, are when congressmen attach spending to bills that have nothing to do with what they are passing (ie. California artichoke and spinach subsidies to a bill funding the war).

Bush had said in his state of the Union that we should cut back on earmarks to lower spending and add more transparency to government--something I agree with. It is obvious he only mentioned this once the Republicans lost control of congress, but a good thing is a good thing regardless of the motivation I think. That being said, take a look at the site. You can search it by state as I did to see what your representatives have brought back. It's pretty basic, but there is some interesting stuff. California, for example, earmarked $220,905,000 for military procurement...$40,779 of which went to Army aircraft, ammo and "other procurement"--the rest went to Navy, AF and Marine Corps.


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