I will never introduce an earmark. No hard earmarks, no soft earmarks.
Wikipedia has a decent description of what an earmark is. It boils down to this – we'll take a little bit of money from everyone, and we'll spend it on a very small project that wins me some votes.
Why anyone defends these is a mystery to me. I have heard some people say 'that's the way legislation works – you need a little grease.' I say if Congress is so old and rusty it needs that kind of grease it must be time for a major overhaul, and I'm a trained diesel mechanic.
Question – if a bad habit is centuries old, is that a good reason for keeping it?
Question – if Congress refuses to pass laws without stuffing them full of earmarks, what distinguishes that from blackmail?
Question – are any Iowans really so naïve as to believe our two senators can bring home more than our fair share of pork?
Question – are any Iowans really interested in behaving like their hogs – trying to slop down more than their fair share of the slops, and wasting a large portion of it in the process?
Answers: No, nothing, I certainly hope not, no.
Well, maybe one. I might introduce an earmark for free cake. Free cake for everyone! But that probably wouldn't be an earmark, just a darn good party (if it didn't cost too much – if it did I'd make George Soros and the Koch brothers pay for it).