Saturday, March 7, 2009

Senator McCain's obsession

Senator John McCain has been pounding tables and railing against earmarks as if they were responsible for the nation's economic malaise.

New York Times' columnist Bob Herbert writes:


More than 4.4 million jobs have been lost since this monster recession officially got under way in December 2007, and we’ve got people wigging out over earmarks. Folks, get a grip. Some earmarks are good, some are not, but collectively they account for a tiny, tiny portion of the national budget — less than 1 percent.

Freaking out over earmarks is like watching a neighborhood that is being consumed by flames and complaining that there is crabgrass on some of the lawns.

His column is linked.

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