CL – Earmark ban could be political pandering

Banning earmarks will impact Mississippi taxpayers in a significant way. But if the Congress is serious about banning earmarks, then ban them altogether in a binding manner.

If both houses of Congress are willing to ban all earmarks, then so be it. But if any state is to get a single earmark anywhere in this nation, then Mississippi taxpayers deserve a bite at that apple as well.

In 1994, there was a lot of talk about term limits on Capitol Hill. Eventually, that’s all it was – talk. History indicates that the current talk of earmark bans is headed in the same cynical direction.

History indicates this is political pandering of the worst stripe. Time will tell.

Clarion Ledger
11/19/10