Senator McConnell, and more than a few others, are correct that if the earmark is placed in the committee as part of the spending, it does not increase spending. The earmarks only funds specific individual projects that the bureaucracy can not override.

However, it is a HUGE potential problem for corruption and the buying of votes. All you have to do is note all the “special” provisions used to gain votes during the Health Care debate.

Update: Senator McConnell will go along with the House and support a GOP moratorium on earmarks.

The earmark practice should be outlawed. In short, they just look bad. Seems like a good thing for the Tea Party movement to take on.

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