Could bringing back "earmarks" -- derided as pork barrel, insider spending just a few years ago -- be the unconventional solution for re-booting Congress? It just might be.
This week will be seen as a turning point in the future. Ted Cruz and his band of merry Tea Partiers fought the Obamacare law, with every ounce of energy they could muster. And the law won.
The Republicans who voted for these budgets (or contributed to the earmarks and voted "no" later), have morally obligated themselves to support the debt ceiling. After all, these budget packages are what raised the debt to such high levels.
Earmarks were eliminated in D.C. in 2010, and the policy climate had been improving for it. But Lettermarking, a first cousin of Earmarking, is trying for a comeback.
Make this Earth Day your tastiest yet, with super-crunchy recipes that still taste amazing. Tie-dye shirts are optional.
These are three of my favorite Easter recipes that incorporate tradition, but also bring a modern, sophisticated flair.
Congressional offices have been inundated with requests for the free tickets. Many offices have responded by claiming they are allocating their tickets by lottery. Sounds fair, doesn't it?
Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA) announced they will introduce a bill that would ban earmarks by law. This is just another example of congresspersons doing something for publicity's sake and not to promote good government.
For the last two decades, no state wielded more political influence per capita in the nation's capital than North Dakota, thanks to the three veteran Democrats who made up its entire congressional delegation.
It seems that money from President Obama's $862,000,000,000 "stimulus" bill of two years ago has been spent to upgrade the Wilmington, Del., AMTRAK station, and to rename it after Joe Biden.
The work that Teach For America does to supply these transformational classroom leaders has made reform possible in places written off by many in the education field.
A new poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC says that 74% of Americans think that eliminating oil and gas industry tax breaks is a good idea, while 77% oppose cutting social security.
Buddy Roemer has announced that he is launching an exploratory committee to consider a run for the presidency. He has also announced a campaign different from the campaign of every other candidate. A president, Roemer says, "must be free to lead": free of commitments to anything save the principles he commits to. So Roemer's campaign will take no PAC money. It will take no more than $100 in contributions from any individual. And everyone who contributes anything regardless of how small will be disclosed. This should be emulated across the board.
Senate Republicans lead the way in pet project funding: Thad Cochran, R-Miss. $520,454,000 Roger F. Wicker, R-Miss. $378,389,000 Orrin G. Hatch, R-U...
Buried deeply in the 359 pages of ugly surprises in the House GOP's budget bill is a provision that would mean one community in America would do a lot better than all of the others.
Five hundred million dollars seems like a lot, until one realizes that it's only a small part of an approximately $3.6 trillion dollar budget. It is certainly a testimonial to the endurance of earmarks.