U.S. Representative Jim Moran plans to "earmark" the s!*t out of the pork-barrel trough if Dems take back the House in November....
In case you don't know what earmarking is, it is a method of secretly and anonymously sneaking funding, for special non-federal pork projects in a member's home state, into a pending bill just before the bill is voted on by the entire membership of whichever of the two chambers of Congress originated it. An earmark can be anything from a bridge to nowhere in Alaska to a public relations/advertising campaign to get people to eat more seafood in Mississippi. And all of us shnookered U.S. taxpayers nationwide get to pay for it.
It's an insane, unconstitutional scam that mostly benefits the states of the most powerful and/or greedy members of Congress. Earmarks are not provided for---or even mentioned---in either the U.S. Constitution or Congressional Rules and Procedures.
And they're more-than-just-a-little behind-our-backs irresponsible and costly additions to the national deficit at a time that we are at war. Most of them are voted on as a total, final-package bill---without even having been read.
Is this what we elect the people's Congress-members to do? Me, I think it is equivalent to stealing from we, the people, and should be abolished. What do you think?
Read about it below and here.
"Moran: Democratic Majority Means More Money for 8th District"
"If Democrats win back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran said he would use his position in the majority to help funnel more funds to his Northern Virginia district. Moran, D-8th, told those attending the Arlington County Democratic Committee's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner on June 9 that while he in theory might oppose the fiscal irresponsibility of “earmarks” - funneling money to projects in a member of Congress's district - he understands the value they have to constituents.
“When I become chairman [of a House appropriations subcommittee], I'm going to earmark the s!*t out of it,” Moran buoyantly told a crowd of 450 attending the event.... Colorful language and campaign hyperbole aside, Moran has a lot to gain if Democrats topple the GOP's 12-year control of the House. His relative seniority of eight terms would make him a powerful member of any Democratic majority...."