I marvel at the logic of Senator McConnell which allows him to call earmarking a "right" and a "privilege" at the same time. (And, not merely a "right," but a "constitutional right"; you know, like free speech. Really!?) The truth: earmarking is neither a right nor a privilege. It is an abuse. There is no better word to describe public officials who dip into our pockets to pay for their pet projects. When will our leaders finally realize we voters elect (and pay) them to put our interests ahead of theirs?