Following the Earmarks
Tuesday, August 15, 2006 :::
Via Andrew at the Club for Growth comes word of a database of earmarks that were anonymously embedded in the HHS-Labor appropriations bill. Virginia's unchampioned earmarks can be found here.
They are widely distributed, and at least have the grace to conform to the general topic of either health, human services or labor (and at least a couple of them show that former Gov. Jerry Baliles still holds a great deal of sway in Virginia politics).
But they remain unclaimed, which would seem to undercut Thelma Drake's belief that earmarks should be sought proudly and openly, and that any abuses of the system ought to be worked out in private.
Efforts to add even modest restraints on earmarks are, apparently, going nowhere.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 8/15/2006