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VIDEO: Roy Blunt: "Let's not just have earmarks; let's not spend money."


How Important Is “Earmark” Reform?

VIDEO: Roy Blunt: “Let’s not just have earmarks; let’s not spend money.”

If overall federal spending isn’t reduced, then rallying around a moratorium on “earmarks” is pointless. So says Senator-elect Roy Blunt, anyway. In the exchange below, Blunt remarks that the Republicans in the House already had a freeze on inserting those very unpopular “porky” items into pieces of legislation, yet spending wasn’t reduced a single penny. “The goal here should be spending and reducing spending, as opposed to letting the President decide how to spend all the money instead of Congress having input on how to spend the money.”

Some Republicans on Capitol Hill have begrudgingly gone along with the earmark reform, arguing that if Congress doesn’t direct where federal funds are channeled, Barack Obama will.

And we know how that turned out, do we? Blunt reminds us: “[Obama] spent $800 billion last year in presidential earmarks. $800 billion! That’s forty years of congressional earmarking.”

“Let’s not just have earmarks; let’s not spend money.”

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Mr. Mattera is the editor-at-large of HUMAN EVENTS and the author of the New York Times bestseller Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation (Simon & Schuster). He also hosts The Jason Mattera Show on News Talk Radio 77WABC. Previously, he was the Spokesman for Young America's Foundation and a TV correspondent for Michelle Malkin. Follow Jason on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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