Obama’s “Driving-Around Money” — Taxpayer Dollars

Written by Gary North on September 4, 2012

In the days of machine politics, there was a phenomenon called walking-around money. Ward heelers with cash in their pockets would walk around a precinct and pay bums on the street to go in and vote for the party’s candidates. Today, that is no longer done. Today, the money is in the hundreds of millions. […]

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Earmarks R Us: $8.3 Billion

Written by Gary North on April 6, 2012

Earmarks are special-interest spending projects that Congressmen and Senators stick into 2,000-page bills. These pork projects are often unrelated to the official purpose of the bill. These days, earmarks in general have a bad reputation. Of course, specific earmarks are as popular as ever with the folks back home. Voters love pork when it’s on […]

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These Congressmen Are Spending Us into the Poorhouse

Written by Gary North on March 19, 2012

Congressmen have a long-term a strategy of tacking boondoggle spending projects onto bills unrelated to these projects. These unrelated projects are called “earmarks.” These projects bring federal money into their districts. This is the process called “bringing home the bacon.” It is also called “pork.” Earmarking is a widespread practice. It has gotten worse in […]

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