Popular political blogger Glenn Reynolds, he of InstaPundit fame, has done lots of yeoman work to bring attention to the proliferation of earmarks in the federal budget.
InstaPundit and others have pushed to make the process of stuffing pork into spending bills a lot more transparent, so constituents can see whatâ€™s happening while the wheeling and dealing is still in process.
Despite gestures from lawmakers in that direction, the effort has largely stalled. The Democrats, like the Republicans before them, proved more inclined to favor reform before they gained their new majority. Earmarks waste taxpayersâ€™ money in ways ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous; they still get tucked away in murky committee reports, instead of listed openly in the bills lawmakers are constitutionally instructed to read and then vote on.
Twenty-three House members have publicly pledged to forgo earmarks. The Republican Study Committee, a conservative caucus, has posted the list. Go to my PaulJacob.com and click the â€œSwearing Off Porkâ€ logo to get to it. These 23 abstainers may not make up even a fourth of the conservative caucus, let alone a hefty percentage of the full 435-member House . . . but we gotta start somewhere.
Want the list to grow? Listen to the InstaPundit, who says: â€œCall your Representatives â€” congratulate â€™em if theyâ€™re on it, and if theyâ€™re not, ask why not.â€
This is Common Sense. Iâ€™m Paul Jacob.