posted on Jul, 30 2009 @ 11:57 AM
I must say, this has been quite a sight. Jeff Flake from Arizona is on C-Span right now protesting every last private company earmark with a matching
amendment to bar said earmark from the bill. The bill in question is the current funding bill for the defense department and its 636 Billion dollar
budget. He has continually brought up the point that for profit companies should not receive an earmark from congress despite any terminology that
says it must be a competitive bid. He is demanding much more transparency for the whole process and keeps bringing up the negative press for the
process and how previous rulings in this fashion have led to investigations.
He's raising very valid points including the cycle where earmarked money usually makes its way back into the hands of very powerful congress members
that originally set the earmark. He facing opposition from republicans and democrats alike so you know he's striking some kind of chord. I'll be
sure to post a video when one is ready or an article when it comes out.