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.