Spending bill has 9,000 earmarks

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

Ex­pect late nights at the White House and eye strain from Pres­i­dent Obama. “We need ear­mark re­form, and when I’m pres­i­dent, I will go line by line to make sure we are not spending money un­wisely,” can­di­date Barack Obama said last Septem­ber. McClatchy News­pa­pers re­ports that con­gres­sional of­fi­cials say the $410 bil­lion om­nibus spending bill Congress is send­ing to Mr. Obama has 9,000 earmarks (lo­cal projects in­serted by mem­bers of Congress) to­tal­ing $5 bil­lion. Not nine, not 900, but 9,000.

Earmarks were in­serted by Democrats and Repub­li­cans alike as the spending bills wended their way along the leg­isla­tive trail beginning last fall. Mr. Obama can claim, hey, this was a Bush relic, and next year it will be clean. But he shouldn’t try that ar­gu­ment. In­stead, he should do what he promised and send the bill back with 9,000 sug­gested dele­tions, no mat­ter how valid some of the earmarks may be.

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