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Friday, November 12, 2010

Inhofe: Earmark Issue Not the Problem

Sen. James Inhofe argues (rather well, in my opinion) that the earmark issue is not the fight conservatives should be having. I couldn't agree more. While I would love to see earmarks reduced or eliminated, even a complete elimination of earmarks would result in decrease in government spending by about 0.1-0.2%.

If conservatives can get earmark reform, great. If they prefer to spend their political capital by repealing Obamacare and reducing government spending to, say 18-19% of GDP, that is where the real fight should be. Even succeeding on a small number of initiatives to reduce federal government spending would make earmark reform nothing more than a rounding error.