Like Rock And Roll, Earmarks Are Here To Stay
It's hard not to be impressed with a song, like "Rock and Roll is Here to Stay," which Danny and the Juniors made popular half a century ago, that is still being sung.
It's also hard not to be impressed by how popular earmarks are in the local area where the money will be spent and how angry voters in those areas are when the money they were hoping would be appropriated isn't provided.
Take a look at this story from something called the KC Community News. Two of the three members of Congress cited in the third graph are Republicans and one is a Democrat. All three obviously see some political benefit in being associated with this additional spending.
Then take a look at this story about a similar celebration in Prince George's County, Maryland.
Or this one about Indiana.
The only thing that's really surprising about any of this is that anyone thinks it will ever be any different. Never mind national defense, homeland security, emergency response to natural disasters, and preventing disease, the typical voter wants to see her or his government spend money on things they can see and use every day.
So, to paraphrase Danny and the Juniors, earmarks, like rock and roll, are here to stay, they will never die.