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Harry Reid Asks Obama: Can We Please Keep Our Earmarks?


Members of Congress are very defensive of their pet projects. Yesterday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the case that federal lawmakers know what their communities need, and thus they should be allowed to keep funding earmark projects.

Reid told reporters:

We are a separate branch of government. Since we've been a country, we have had the obligation, as a Congress, to help direct spending. We cannot let spending be done by a bunch of nameless, faceless bureaucrats buried in this town someplace, to take care the needs of the state of Nevada, Washington and New York. We cannot let spending be done by a bunch of nameless, faceless bureaucrats.

One fellow Democrat disagrees with Reid: Barack Obama. The president thinks it's time to put aside earmark spending, a process that Congress has passed abused.

Whose side are you on — the pork's or the president's?

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