Bush on Earmarks

If his State of the Union Address, Bush promised to veto and/or ignore earmarks in future appropriatiosn legislation. As CAGW and Heritage point out, this would only occur in ninth year of the Bush presidency, so unless he is planning on declaring himself dictator for life, this executive order has no meaning.

Note that this is what a host of groups (including the Commonwealth Foundation) were asking for the president to do this year, you know, while he is still president.

Since the article cited above include Robert Byrd’s defense of earmarks – “we know better than some beaurocrats what our constituents need”, like the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service earmarked by … wait for it … Charles B. Rangel – here is a flashback to an Andy Roth column on typical earmark justfication arguments