EARMARKS: MORE A PHILOSOPHY PROBLEM THAN A MONEY PROBLEM

Michael Medved

11/18/2010 3:33:31 PM - Michael Medved
Tea Party insurgents are right to challenge some veteran GOP leaders who defend Congressional “earmarking”—letting legislators designate federal money for projects back home. The problem isn’t the $16 billion in yearly spending, but the lousy governing philosophy illustrated by this dysfunctional tradition.

Near my Seattle-area home, I may appreciate earmarks providing parks and bike trails but why should money for such amenities come all the way from the nation’s Capitol? It makes no sense to send tax dollars to D.C. so a Senator can decide how to spend them at home, and then send funds back across the continent as he sees fit.

If conservatives don’t support local control, and resist arrogant, centralized federal decision-making on public works projects, governmental power will becomeever further removed from citizens and their communities.