Friday, December 17, 2010

Piercing the Earmark Charade

The Republicans defeated the Omnibus Spending Bill, ostensibly over earmarks, which comprise less than 1% of the bill, hundreds of millions of dollars of which were requested by Republicans themselves. Of course, the issue really isn't earmarks.  A temporary funding bill now has to be passed, putting off spending issues until the next Congress, when Republicans will have more leverage to gut social programs, which as Greg Sargent points out, is what they are really after.  It is refreshing to see the mainstream media call out the Republicans as hypocrites on earmarks, as the video below shows.  It would be better still if they would explain to the public what is behind the hypocrisy.


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