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Monday, August 06, 2007

A Ron Paul Disappointment

The libertarian hope for president, Ron Paul, likes his pork as much as every other member of Congress. A WSJ editorial today (subscription only) pointed out that Paul has requested approximately $400 million in earmarks this year.
They include such urgent national wartime priorities as an $8 million request for the marketing of wild American shrimp and $2.3 million to fund shrimp-fishing research.

When we called Mr. Paul's office for an explanation, his spokesperson offered up something that is worthy of pork legends Tom DeLay or Senator Robert C. Byrd: "Reducing earmarks does not reduce government spending, and it does not prohibit spending upon those things that are earmarked."
If you can make sense of that explanation, you are much smarter than I am. In any event, Paul's feeding at the trough of senseless government spending that serves more the elected official than it does the taxpayer, and the country, is very disappointing.

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