Date registered: Sep 2004
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Location: Planet Houston
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How can one do away with earmarks and why? Congress has the right to pass laws, it can pass any law it likes within the bounds of the Constitution. Ultimately, an earmark is just an amendment to a bill - the abuse has been hiding the author of the amendment. The shenanigans are all about hiding them from the voters and even more, the dreaded media, who might derail the plan of the porker by making fun of it. The voters won this round, because now at least all earmarks have to be identified, and that can be brought up in the course of an election. It is in the very least a step in the right direction.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address