Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Stay tuned…

...I think we'll be hearing a lot of this...
[W]hen it comes to her own district, she's in favor of a little earmark "redefinition." Because what is an earmark, after all?
"Advocating for transportation projects for one's district in my mind does not equate to an earmark," Bachmann told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune yesterday.

"I don't believe that building roads and bridges and interchanges should be considered an earmark," Bachmann continued.
The problem is that the word 'earmark' has been so thoroughly debased by the likes of Bachmann, of course, that earmarking is just a tool for financing projects that may be entirely worthy. Like any tool, it can be misused in a number of ways, but that's not the fault of the tool.

Lots of Congresscritters love them some ribbon cutting ceremonies and lots of constituents have a bigger appetite for pork than they're apt to casually confess. If the redefinition campaign isn't successful, I expect a re-christening.

How 'bout 'targeted appropriations'?

Remember, you saw it here first.

Hat tip to Steve Benen.

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