Bringing Home the Bacon Isn't Political Winner It Once Was

By: AP
By: AP

Members of Congress have long trumpeted their success in getting home state projects funded. But this political season, analysts and candidates say that's not playing as well as it used to.

A spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says: "Nobody in this environment is going to tout, 'Look at me spending."' Jennifer Crider says fewer candidates are touting their ability to procure "earmarks."

Instead an increasing number of candidates are swearing them off, complaining about out-of-control spending and a Capitol Hill culture that seems hooked on them.

Republican Senate candidate Mike Lee of Utah says "pork spending" has become a "political lubricant" that has created a federal government that's too big and too expensive, but keeps growing.

Still, opinion polls continue to suggest a majority of voters are more likely to vote for a candidate who manages to get local projects funded.

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  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Oct 27, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    Like everything else Washington does, common sense plays no part in government funded projects, it is all based on "seniority", "playing ball" with those with the power, and vote buying. ANY money that goes to Washington comes back home short because administration and corruption eat up some of it. Government "spending" has reached such a level that 47 Cents of every dollar spent now is BORROWED. It is so bad now, that Treasury is buying our own bonds, they aren't selling that well on the market anymore. Here's how that works. Congress ask Treasury for more money, it creates bonds to sell and offers them on the market. Since there are far more bonds than buyers are willing to buy, Treasury asks the FED to issue more Federal Reserve NOTES (the paper in your wallet - look up the definition of NOTE) and buy the unsold bonds - debt buying debt. Treasury is about to do it again for half a trillion dollars. What's next? Inflation. This has to stop!
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