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Close the Congressional Pigpen

Justice Robert H. Jackson once wrote:

“It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error, it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.”

That certainly seems to be the case with Congressional pork-barrel spending. Last Thursday, the National Taxpayers Union participated in a rally involving activists, citizen groups, and Members of Congress that called:

for a "discharge petition" that would force consideration of a bill to provide solid disclosure of special-interest "earmarks" on spending legislation.

In commenting on the need to get 22 more signatures on the earmark reform discharge petition so the full House can debate a bill that would provide full disclosure of special interest earmarks, Pete Sepp, NTU’s VP for communication said:

Taxpayers who thought the majority party understood what the word 'reform' means have been sorely disappointed, as the meaning of an earmark has been twisted, the vehicles for earmarks have been expanded, and the point of disclosure has been stretched to the final few minutes of the legislative process.

Dick Armey once quipped, “Three groups spend other people’s money” children, thieves, and politicians. All three need supervision.” From the looks of Congressional spending, politicians need a lot more supervision than children or thieves. Arlington County taxpayers should contact Representative Jim Moran's office (you can write Rep. Moran from this link).

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