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Fact Check: Earmarks Didn’t Drop Under Democrats
Posted By Rob Bluey On January 23, 2008 @ 9:57 pm In Enterprise and Free Markets,Scribe | 1 Comment
The Politico  reports today that fiscal conservatives face several hurdles in their quest to end earmarks, not the least of which is that “Democrats last year actually approved fewer earmarks than Republicans did when they ran Congress.”
A closer look at the numbers reveals that isn’t exactly true. Liberals are comparing the fiscal 2008 total of 11,043 to the fiscal 2005 total of 13,997. What they don’t tell you is that this year’s number is the second highest on record and it’s a sharp increase from the past two years.
This chart  shows the steady increase of pork-barrel projects since the mid-1990s. While the Republican Party has nothing to brag about for its addiction to pork through the years, Democrats can’t boast about making progress either.
Of course, many of this year’s earmarks could be eliminated with a presidential executive order. President Bush is reportedly still contemplating such an action , and in the past few days the White House has heard an increasing number of calls from Americans for Tax Reform , Citizens Against Government Waste , Club for Growth  and National Taxpayers Union , as well as bloggers such as Captain’s Quarters , Instapundit , Outside the Beltway , RedState  and Tapscott’s Copy Desk .
Will the increased pressure push the White House to act? Don’t count on it. If the stubborn appropriators on Capitol Hill  have anything to say about it, expect Bush to back down.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/robbluey/2215075689/
 Politico: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0108/8054.html
 reportedly still contemplating such an action: http://www.rollcall.com/issues/53_82/news/21709-1.html
 Americans for Tax Reform: http://friendsofatr.blogspot.com/2008/01/following-through-on-congressional-new.html
 Citizens Against Government Waste: http://swineline.org/2008/01/22/just-say-no/
 Club for Growth: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/01/conservatives_push_back_on_ear.php
 National Taxpayers Union: http://blog.ntu.org/main/post.php?post_id=3032
 Captain’s Quarters: http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/016727.php
 Instapundit: http://instapundit.com/archives2/014455.php
 Outside the Beltway: http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives/2008/01/bush_surrenders_in_earmarks_battle/
 RedState: http://redstate.com/stories/the_white_house/craptacular_capitulation_continued
 Tapscott’s Copy Desk: http://www.examiner.com/blogs/tapscotts_copy_desk/2008/1/22/Deja-Vu-all-over-again-Here-comes-the-big-collapse-by-Bush-Hill-GOP-on-earmarks
 stubborn appropriators on Capitol Hill: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/stevens-demint-dust-up-highlights-gop-divisions-2008-01-23.html
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