Catching up with mail. Sent to me on August 6 by
someone in Florida LP.
> > Editorial in today's Wall Street Journal about
> > 9-term "libertarian" congressman.
> > Ron Paul's Earmarks
> > Limits!
> > August 6, 2007; Page A12
> > Texas Congressman Ron Paul -- libertarian gadfly
> > current Republican Presidential hopeful -- has
> > a name for himself as a critic of overspending.
> > it seems even he can't resist the political allure
> > of earmarks.
> > After reporters started asking questions, the
> > Congressman disclosed his requests this year for
> > about $400 million worth of federal funding for no
> > fewer than 65 earmarks. They include such urgent
> > national wartime priorities as an $8 million
> > for the marketing of wild American shrimp and $2.3
> > million to fund shrimp-fishing research.
> > When we called Mr. Paul's office for an
> > his spokesperson offered up something worthy of
> > legends Tom DeLay or Senator Robert C. Byrd:
> > "Reducing earmarks does not reduce government
> > spending, and it does not prohibit spending upon
> > those things that are earmarked," the spokesman
> > said. "What people who push earmark reform are
> > is they are particularly misleading the public --
> > and I have to presume it's not by accident."
> > On the other hand, good libertarians should want
> > start cutting somewhere. The problem with
> > is that each year the habit grows by leaps and
> > bounds so that it now represents real money. It is
> > also a gateway to political corruption -- a la
> > Cunningham, and other Congressmen currently under
> > investigation for trading favors for earmarks.
> > Mr. Paul is one of Congress's better fiscal
> > conservatives. So the fact that even he feels
> > obliged to grab multiple earmarks is all the more
> > reason to keep fighting for transparency in the
> > earmark process, as well as for the line-item
> > which would give Presidents a chance to impose
> > spending discipline from outside Congress.
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