For kicks, let's imagine earmarks as tribbles.
Remember those critters? They weren't all bad, of course, because they loathed Klingons. But as cute as they were meant to be, they spread and spread and spread and spread.
Anway, the furry anology came to me when I saw a post by Laura Peterson, the policy analyst at Taxpayers for Common Sense.
Here's what she had to say:
"The 2009 defense authorization bill headed for the House floor this week has already raised a ruckus over earmarks, and there's a lot to get excited about: 541 worth $9.9 billion, a healthy increase from the 449 earmarks worth $7.7 disclosed in last year's authorization bill.
"The bulk of the earmarked money--$7.4 billion--would go to just five projects:
Â· Boeing's C-17 Globemaster cargo plane ($3.9 billion);
Â· Northrop Grumman's LPD-17 ship ($1.8 billion);
Â· Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor ($523 million);
Â· The Northrop Grumman/General Dynamics Virginia Class Submarine ($722 million);
Â· Lockheed Martin's P-3 Orion ($448 million)."
This is all very interesting, of course, in part because the same legislation had a stealth amendment (until it was discovered!) that would have effectively nullified a directive by President Bush to make earmarks a clear part of legislation, not a tail added on later.
"Committee Chairman Ike Skelton said the directive would limit the Defense Department's "
'flexibility' and do 'serious damage' to its relationship with the committee. Apparently DoD needs plenty of room (and earmarks) to stretch its legs."
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