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What is an earmark?





boinsterman
According to Ron Paul's website page at http://www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/earmark-reform/, he seems to believe all federal spending should be in the form of earmarks. While his reasoning seems good, I know that actually getting the money spent on what it is designated for can be problematic. I am thinking of a town in Alaska which received money for a bridge to the island on which was built the town's airport, "but the money came in the form of an earmark" and they were unable to build the bridge. (I believe the article was in Readers' Digest or Mother Jones magazine, but I'm not sure.)
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