March 13th, 2009

Daniel Larison writes:

Not only do most people not know or care about earmarks in general, they are often quite fond of earmarks that go to their districts. Ron Paul sometimes gets in trouble with pundits who like to point out that he requests earmarks for his district as part of his role as their representative, but in many of those cases it is hard to see why, for example, shoring up a sea wall in Galveston, which is an area vulnerable to storm surge during hurricane season, is such a terrible or wasteful thing.

Indeed, even if you are a strict constructionist, it is not so far out to think that the federal government might even have some proper role in providing for coastal defenses against natural disasters. It is also difficult to understand why representatives should not do what they can to get their constituents a share of the money that the government has taken from them.

2 Responses to “WHAT THEY SAY…”

  1. ryan says:

    it is only pork when someone else gets it.

  2. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Ryan,

    I could be wrong about this, but, as I understand the terms, Pork is different from Earmarks.

    Pork is when a member of Congress diverts tax dollars to their district or state.

    An Earmark is when a member of Congress tags portions of tax money already destined for their state to go to specific projects.

    The difference is minor, I agree, but it is a difference nonetheless.



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