Republicans could set record with big spending on pork barrel projects

Most of us know that most Republicans aren’t “conservatives,” fiscally speaking or otherwise. The GOP long ago gave up on the whole “party of small government” baloney. We have 2 big government parties. And they both love cronyism. They just justify it in different ways.

Remember. It’s YOUR money.

(From The USA Today)

Republicans have long defined themselves as the party of fiscal restraint and limited government. But after just two years of complete control of the nation’s capital, that same party has presided over an explosion of the most corrupt, unfair, and swampy practice in congressional history: pork-barrel earmarks.

Citizens Against Government Waste’s 2018 Congressional Pig Book exposes 232 earmarks in fiscal year 2018, 42 percent more than FY 2017. The cost of earmarks exploded to $14.7 billion, a 116 percent increase from last year and nearly nine times more than the increase in discretionary spending from FY 2017 to 2018. The only other time the cost of earmarks has at least doubled was FY 1992 to 1993. Since FY 1991, our group has identified 110,861 earmarks costing $344.5 billion.

The $14.7 billion in earmarks is more than half of the record $29 billion in FY 2006. At the rate of increase over FY 2017, Congress could set a new record for pork-barrel spending by the end of President Trump’s first term…

…The need for a permanent ban in earmarks is now greater than ever, since the earmark moratorium is turning out to be a sham. The bipartisan call for a restoration of earmarks must be met with the same contempt and disdain that helped lead to the moratorium in 2011.

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