Republicans and Pork
Here's another handy graph when people like Rush Limbaugh start telling you that today's GOP is conservative. He's lying. This graph is from the Heritage Foundation, which, last time I checked, was conservative. And don't be deceived by the reduction of earmarks in 2006. As Heritage explains:
There were more earmarks in 2005 than from 1991 to 1999 combined. Although the number of earmarks went down in 2006, their cost increased $6 billion in one year - from $23 billion in 2005 to $29 billion in 2006.