Barbecued Pork
Here’s an update on my post yesterday, regarding the presidential candidates and their positions on fiscal responsibility and the earmarking of dollars in the federal budget. Today, The New York Times provides some useful additional context for Barack Obama’s list of earmark requests. As I predicted yesterday, the Obama campaign is now using their disclosure as an opportunity to press Hillary Clinton to release her own earmark requests (and tax returns and White House records), while making a broader argument about the need for transparency in government.
Meanwhile, John McCain continues his crusade against pork, singling out the Senate for criticism, after its unwillingness to pass a one-year moratorium on earmarks last night. While all three presidential candidates voted in favor of the proposed ban, the rest of the Senate was unable to muster any real enthusiasm for the idea.

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