"Obama decries earmarks, signs law with 9,000 of them.”
This is just amazing, he promised us that he will go line by line and review every one of them. He also promised that public will have 5 days to review any new bill before he signs it. Well he signed only a day after the congress passed it and he signed it knowing that there is 9000 of earmarks in them. No wonder he signed it in private!!!
As ABC's David Chalian notes, earmarks have grown exponentially, from 1,300 in 1994 to 8,500 today, costing taxpayers $7.7 billion. Defenders defensively point out that's "only" 1 or 2 percent of the total bill. So? To 99.89% of Americans, $7.7 billion is a manure-load of money.