House Speaker John Boehner is having trouble getting the needed votes to pass a highway bill. One problem he faces is that the plan lacks earmarked funds for lawmakers’ pet projects, which previously numbered more than 6,000 in the last highway measure.
” ‘In the past people were bought off with earmarks or some special provisions,’ Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica, a Florida Republican, told reporters this week. ‘We don’t have that luxury. What we have to do is to discuss policy; that takes longer.’ ”
Oopsies! It turns out that those hated earmarks (and I don’t care for them any more than the conservatives do) help grease the wheels of government.