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Real change remains top item

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By Ralph Damiani

This week, President Obama signed what he called an “imperfect” bill that spends $410 billion, including millions in earmarks.

You remember earmaks? In the campaign last year when he talked about change, change you can trust and all that, he promised to curb earmarks.

But now he says earmarks are good when they are “done right.”

The massive measure supporting federal agencies through the fall contains nearly 8,000 pet projects, earmarked by sponsors though denounced by critics. And the president at one time.

He said in signing the bill that earmarks have been abused and he promised to work with Congress to curb them. Now would have been a good time to start.

But he continued the government’s new spending ways and it is getting scary.

In running for president, Obama denounced these pet projects as wasteful and open to abuse – and vowed reform. He continues to say he will work to change this bad system. We only wish he had started today.

Today, he says that future earmarks must have a “legitimate and worthy public purpose.” But that simply adds a covering to a bad thing. We doubt that anyone who ever put forward an earmark, fully supported the idea saying that it had a “legitimate and worthy public purpose.”


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