Sunday, June 22, 2008

Maybe McCain should research "earmarks" more

I too do not like waste. I understand that there is a lot of government (and non-government) waste but believe it or not many special requests for funds are actually NEEDED. There has to be a better way to fund necessary projects while also keeping unnecessary ones in check Of course the term "necessary" is defined in many different ways. Anyway, a recent article in the DesMoinesRegister spoke about the difference funding projects can make. It is worth a look and you can check the entire article out at the Des Moines register website by clicking this link. Here is just a small bit.

McCain earmark opposition assailed

By JANE NORMAN • • June 20, 2008

Washington, D.C. - Republican presidential candidate John McCain opposed legislation last year that included money for flood control in Des Moines, which shows he is wrong to push for reforms to the congressional earmark system, a Democratic lawmaker charged Thursday.

State Sen. Jack Hatch of Des Moines said the earmarked money was needed to relieve water problems on the city's north side, which were magnified over the weekend when a levee break forced an evacuation of the Birdland area and ruined several dozen homes and businesses