The very epitome of false progress

16 Nov

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has decided to side with the Tea Party and propose a ban on all government earmarks:

Sensing the political appeal lay squarely with earmark foes, McConnell stunned official Washington on Monday by saying he would support a two-year ban on the pet projects.

That seems like a positive development, right? Hooray responsible spending! Hooray deficit reduction! I tell you, this is the start of someth–

The total amount earmarked in a given year is generally no more than 1 percent of the entire federal budget.

Oh.

But perhaps more importantly, from a budget point of view, reducing earmarks does not reduce spending.

Huh?

Funds spared from earmarking wouldn’t simply remain in the federal treasury; they are already part of the annual pot of money that is slated to be spent, and certainly would be spent elsewhere if there were no such thing as earmarks.

Shit.

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2 Responses to “The very epitome of false progress”

  1. RandBall's Stu November 17, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    I don’t care for your snarky LIEberal attitude, mister, and am glad to see that our Tea Party leaders are making sure our tax money isn’t being spent by Washington politicians, and is instead being spent by Washington politicians.

  2. roughkat November 17, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    Does “elsewhere” include schools or roads?

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