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“Skewering the Pig”

This morning The Huffington Post included my newest article under the politics section. Click on the link to go to the posted article and comment on it.

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Lawmakers are locked in a battle over Pork futures.

Pet projects of lawmakers’ in both halls of Congress, lovingly called pork, have long been derided as government waste. That is only partially true. There’s more to pork than meets the eye.

Over the years more and more earmarks have crept into spending bills and opponents of the practice scream each year about the caustic nature of the wasteful practice.

Tea Party electees have been vocal about eliminating or banning pork as a way to reduce the budget deficit. They’ve embarrassed the Republican establishment into joining them in the ban. In a recent statement, Mitch McConnell, who was against the ban, acquiesced and joined fellow Republicans in supporting a ban on all pork.

Republican leaders, especially those gifted at bringing home the bacon, were reluctant to agree to such a ban. But, unable to properly explain the benefit of earmarks, they bowed to the vociferous Tea Party members.

Earmarks have grown, under Mitch McConnell and the Republicans, from around 700 when they came into office in 1994, to more than 8,000 in 2005. They’ve climbed to $15.9 billion in the last fiscal year.

The truth of the matter is, not all pork is bad.

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