In 2010 Republican candidates decried and swore on a solemn oath their opposition to earmarks which somehow they connected to Democrats. Of course the often cited, “bridge to nowhere” was passed by Republicans and supported by then Governor Sarah Palin. Naturally, Sarah now opposes what she once supported. Republican freshmen Congressmen promised the American people that if you elected them that would be the end of earmarks.
Alas, that was then and now is now. Republican Congressman Mike Rogers stood up on the floor of Congress and asked his colleagues to support the idea of earmarks since it was the only way to get sufficient votes for a much needed transportation bill. Yes, earmarks have been abused, but earmarks also have provided local communities with much needed projects.
The old political adage still works-you gotta give something if you want to get something.