Wednesday, March 11, 2009


St. Augustine Obama of Earmarks

"Lord, make me chaste...just not yet." -- St. Augustine, Confessions, circa 400 A.D.  

"But the fact is that on occasion earmarks have been used as a vehicle for waste and fraud and abuse. Projects have been inserted at the 11th hour without review, and sometimes without merit, in order to satisfy the political or personal agendas of a given legislator, rather than the public interest.

There are times where earmarks may be good on their own, but in the context of a tight budget might not be our highest priority."   -- Barack Obama, 3/11/09, shortly before signing a $410 billion omnibus spending bill with nearly 9,000 earmarks totaling $7.7 billion.  

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