Earmarks: People Like 'Em

Of all the weird notions to pass through Washington in recent years, surely the hardest to explain was the notion that earmark disclosure would cut down on the number of earmarked projects. Members of congress insert earmarks in order to get credit for earmarking, so it should have been entirely predictable that more disclosure leads to more earmarks. After all, what member of congress wants it to be public knowledge that he's in the bottom 20 quintile in terms of brining home the bacon? That's an idea issue to add on to any general election or primary challenge -- Rep. So-And-So is lazy and out of touch with his district.