This is depressing.
And now they want to bring back earmarks.
In this interview with Neil Cavuto, I explain why this is a very troubling development.
One thing I didn’t mention in the interview is that earmarks are inherently corrupt. Indeed, there’s a near-universal four-step process that – in a just world – would result in politicians getting arrested (see 18 U.S. Code § 203) for bribery, graft, and conflicts of interest.
- An interest group decides it wants other people’s money and decides to use government as a middleman.
- The interest group hires lobbyists, most of whom are former members of Congress or former staff members.
- The interest group and the lobbyists direct campaign contributions to one or…
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