Now that Democrats fully control Washington they have announced they will bring back “earmarks.”
Earmarks? The bridge to nowhere. The currency of corruption in Washington, D.C., for decades. Earmarks that have been banned by Republicans for a decade because they led to wasteful spending and “pay to play” corruption.
House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat, and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat, announced their framework to reinstate earmarks last week, which they are calling “Congressionally directed spending.”
This will fool nobody.
Democrats are branding this proposal as a way to provide “community project funding.” However, it will actually be a way to buy the votes members of Congress use to support legislation they would otherwise vote against. You do not need to give cash to friends and neighbors of a congressman to vote for a good piece of legislation. Only for a bad one.
Not everyone waits to be bribed. All members of Congress can dangle cash from Washington before the eyes of voters and more importantly potential donors. Of course, earmarks are only needed to get contributions and favors from someone who otherwise would not give to the congressman. It is always a quid pro quo. Pay to play.
Now that the Democratic Congress and White House are adding trillions to their spending spree wish lists, they are simultaneously restoring the means of corrupting all such spending decisions. This will not end well.