"Speaking of earmarks, they've quickly made a comeback even by the old definition. The $410 billion omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2009 now making its way through Congress contains at least 8,570 of them at a cost of $7.7 billion. Mr. Obama is not signaling any concern, much less a veto."Please read this short editorial. We should all be paying attention. The corruption in Washington continues. It seems to me the corruption that is represented by earmarks is not being changed to un-corruption, but instead the direction of change we seem to be able to count out is a deepening of the corruption.
The number of earmarks in this omnibus spending bill alone represents, on average, about 20 personally determined, secret, spending projects for each member of Congress. In dollar terms, this means about $18 million is being spent secretly by each member of Congress.