HARD TO IG­NORE

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are even an­grier than ever about spe­cial in­ter­ests like preda­tory credit-card com­pa­nies.

“Dodd’s prob­lem is that Con­necti­cut vot­ers are also en­raged at him. It started with the rev­e­la­tion that Dodd, the chair­man of the Se­nate bank­ing com­mit­tee, had re­ceived two re­duced-rate home loans from Coun­try­wide, a trou­bled mort­gage lender. Then there was Dodd’s de­ci­sion to move to Iowa (and en­roll his chil­dren in school there) dur­ing his hap­less 2008 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, which is not nor­mally the best way to in­gra­ti­ate your­self with the vot­ers of Con­necti­cut. Fi­nally, when the frenzy over the AIG bonuses reached near-lynch­mob lev­els, it turned out that Dodd (ad­mit­tedly at the be­hest of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion) had writ­ten the amend­ment that had per­mit­ted the largesse with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s money.”

Mr. Shapiro added: “But Dodd’s great­est as­set is that he has Obama (and his 71 per­cent statewide ap­proval rat­ing) on his side. The risk for Dodd, of course, is that pop­u­lar pres­i­dents rarely are will­ing to dent their halos by back­ing hope­less causes. But as long as the vet­eran Con­necti­cut se­na­tor con­tin­ues to get a ‘spe­cial shout-out’ from Obama, Dodd is not dead.” more se­cure in know­ing GM will stay in Detroit, a move paved by sev­eral con­ver­sa­tions Bing and his ad­min­is­tra­tion had with sev­eral top White House of­fi­cials in re­cent days.’

“We don’t know whether GM should stay in Detroit,” the Jour­nal said. “But we do know that the lo­ca­tion of a com­pany’s head­quar­ters is one of those de­ci­sions typ­i­cally not made by peo­ple who are busy not run­ning the com­pany.” “At a time when the fed­eral bud­get tops $3 tril­lion, it’s easy to see why some re­gard earmarks, which ac­count for an es­ti­mated 1 per­cent of spending, as in­signif­i­cant,” El­iza Newlin Car­ney writes at www.na­tion­aljour­nal.com.

“But calls on Capi­tol Hill to rein in ear­mark spending may get in­creas­ingly hard to ig­nore. Pres­i­dent Obama has asked Congress to re­strain earmarks, and Democrats and Repub­li­cans alike are push­ing bills, reso­lu­tions and in­ves­ti­ga­tions aimed at curb­ing abuses,” the writer said.

“Fan­ning the anti-ear­mark fires are scan­dals in­volv­ing Rep. John Murtha, Penn­syl­va­nia Demo­crat. The chair­man of the House Ap­pro­pri­a­tions de­fense sub­com­mit­tee, Murtha is now as­so­ci­ated with so many pay-toplay al­le­ga­tions that it’s get­ting hard to keep up. The watch­dog group Cit­i­zens for Re­spon­si­bil­ity and Ethics in Wash­ing­ton has even launched a Web site, ‘You Don’t Know Jack’ [www.crews­most­cor­rupt.org/you-dont-knowjack], to help out.”

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