You have to love the double-talk on earmarks in the budgets:
“The bill will contain about 9,000 earmarks totaling $5 billion, congressional officials say.” AP, Sunday, February 22, 2009, AP’s Miami Herald article on earmarks.
“I’m proud that we passed a recovery plan free of earmarks.” President Obama, February 24, 2009
“We are going to ban all earmarks, the process by which individual members insert pet projects without review,” President Obama, January 6, 2009
“We need earmark reform. And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.” Obama September 2008 presidential debate in Oxford, Miss.