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« Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 673 -- Baucus Plan. | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 675 -- Health Care "Reform" Is No Reform At All. »

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 674 -- Earmarks & Total Spending.

They Grow Together-

Behold, earmarks and total budget growth in the first half of the 2000s:

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I have argued many times here that earmarks are not the primary source of bigger budgets (entitlement spending is the main driver of bigger government), but earmarks do unequivocally contribute to higher spending. There is a suspicious correlation, and the explanation is simple. The more earmarks are in a big spending bill, the harder it is for even "conservatives" to vote against ginormous appropriations bills.

Addiction to earmarks was also one of the primary contributors to the downfall of Congressional Republicans. It completely eviscerated the small government, responsible-spending GOP brand. Defending earmarks, not smart policy or politics.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 12 October 2009 04:48 PM

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