Thursday, March 5, 2009

Last year's business and "only" $7.7 billion

We promised not to get too political, but did it escape anyone else's notice that the omnibus spending bill about to be rammed through includes nearly 9000 earmarks totaling $7.7 billion?

Are we the only ones who recall a certain Illinois Senator whose campaign included a commitment to eliminating earmarks, and who read that a certain former Illinois Congressman had earmarks aplenty for his former district? (They're now the President and Chief of Staff for those of you keeping score at home.)

Best of all, one of our dinner partners last night noted that earmarks were "only" 2% of the bill. Only $7.7 billion. Only.

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