OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 :::

Earmark Ebb and Flow

From the Christian Science Monitor:

When Republicans took over the House in 1995, there were five earmarks in the Labor, Health and Human Services bill, amounting to $2.4 million. By FY 2005, the number of earmarks attached to this bill had soared to 3,014 or $1.18 billion.

But this year, the committee is proposing 1,811 earmarks. Many more are often added when House and Senate conferees meet on a final version of spending bills. In a year when many spending bills are rolled into one omnibus spending bill - as is expected after elections this fall - earmarks typically soar.

Maybe pigs really can fly. All it takes is a heckuva lot of (someone else's) money.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 8/22/2006 0 comments


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