The Iron Triangle

Tracking Power, Money and Influence in U.S. National Security

Context: The Significance of Earmarks

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There was a lot of talk on earmarks and fiscal constraint during last night’s presidential debate. Here’s the bottomline: getting rid of earmarks or most of them will, at best, just make a small dent in spending. But earmarks do help erode fiscal discipline and oversight. But the biggest problem with them are integrity issues and how they’ve become key to incumbency protection plans of many members of Congress.


Written by schwellenbach

September 27, 2008 at 8:07 pm

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