Argument: Opponents of earmarks hypocritically engage in practice

Issue Report: Earmarks


Eugene Elander. “So, what’s wrong with earmarks?”. Op Ed News. March 10, 2009 – “One of the ironies in the anti-earmark position is that often its strongest advocates are among the first to demand funds for projects in their own Congressional districts. Tabulations of earmarks in recent legislation show little difference between the amounts of funds asked by anti-earmark and pro-earmark legislators. As the Chinese say, empty rice barrels make the most noise. We seem to have a lot of those barrels in Congress.”