Banning earmarks may be a way for Dr. Paul to create a buzz about spending, but earmarks pale in comparison to the real problem.
He hasn't even started his first day in the Senate yet, and already, Senator-elect Rand Paul (R- Ky.) is endorsing a plan that could shake up Washington. Paul is one of a group of Senators trying to ban earmarks.
Paul said during an interview with Fox News on Sunday, "I think ear markings are bad. There is some symbolism. Definitely the symbolism is bad. And, I think it encourages people to vote for large appropriations bills, because all of a sudden Mrs. Smith gets a museum in your hometown."
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Comment: While I think that spending is out of control in our government, earmarks only account of $20 billion. This is certainly a lot of money, but compared to the actual budget is quite small.