The War on PorkAugust 22, 2008 - by Donny Shaw
The AP says it’s over:
>Just months ago, most Republicans in the House swore off pork barrel projects — at least until new reforms could be put in place. The moratorium on such “earmarks” was to be a key plank in the House GOP’s fall platform, issues Republican candidates will emphasize in their campaigns.
>Since then, it’s been supplanted by high gasoline prices and the weak economy as dominant campaign issues.
>But there’s another factor, too. The appetite for home state earmarks among Republicans – including some party leaders – is almost as great as ever, despite warnings from some conservatives that GOP lawmakers’ refusal to give up their earmarks is costing support among core constituencies.