"A lot of the progressive commentary I’ve seen about the idea of banning congressional “earmarks” lately has some rather mocking or dismissive of the banners. And many good points have been made.... 

"But all that said, any kind of sensibly operationalized ban on earmarks really will, in a small way, be a good thing. Since members of congress are elected to represent specific geographical constituencies, it’s inevitable that parochial interests will be overrepresented in the legislative process relative to national interests. Any procedural rule that leans against that tendency is, in my view, a good thing. It’s good not because representation of local interests is a bad thing per se, but simply because our political system is very heavily weighted in that direction anyway."  -- Matt Yglesias!

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