1. Earmarks are a small part of the federal budget.
2. Politicians are addicted to earmarks.
3. Earmarks are used as a tool to control our representatives.
4. Earmarks though not large in comparison does not mean they are inconsequential. Fiscal responsibility means everything must pass the cost/benefit test. Earmarks provide no benefit.
5. Although many representatives were elected in past years based on their promise to eliminate earmarks, none have done so.
6. There are Conservatives opposed to the ban on earmarks.
1. Remind the newly appointed representatives that although the election is over, we have not stopped watching.
2. Call your representative and find out how they plan to vote on this important bill. If they are going to oppose it, remind them of Nov 2nd 2010.
3. Call the following senators and remind them of who they represent.
Jim Inhofe (OK)
Lamar Alexander (TN)
Jon Kyl (AZ)
John Barrasso (WY)