Tuesday, January 29, 2008

State of the Union was last night...

And I missed it because of work. However, I read the text of the Address, and I have to admit, I found the following quite interesting:

The people's trust in their government is undermined by congressional earmarks -- special interest projects that are often snuck in at the last minute, without discussion or debate. Last year, I asked you to voluntarily cut the number and cost of earmarks in half. I also asked you to stop slipping earmarks into committee reports that never even come to a vote. Unfortunately, neither goal was met. So this time, if you send me an appropriations bill that does not cut the number and cost of earmarks in half, I'll send it back to you with my veto. (Applause.)

And tomorrow, I will issue an executive order that directs federal agencies to ignore any future earmark that is not voted on by Congress. If these items are truly worth funding, Congress should debate them in the open and hold a public vote.
Now, I'm sure that pork will still make it through Washington, but at least until next January, it will be transparent.

I also have to believe that this will save the government some money. Murtha must be rolling over in his sty.

This is a pretty bold move, IMHO. It also serves to backup my assessment that President Bush may be the most effective "Lame Duck" President we have had in living memory. Particularly taking into account strong opposition to him in a Democrat dominated Congress.

Perhaps the Dems aren't as unified as they try to make it seem.

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