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How do you oppose the stimulus bill but demand that some of the money you didn't ant the government to spend be spent in your district? As Michael Grunwald explains over at Swampland, just ask House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Over at Economists View, Mark Thoma has much more about what Ryan did to push the spending for his constituents.

As I've said, federal spending is very popular even among those who supposedly are most interested in reducing the amount the government spends.

If anyone has an example of a member of Congress who told someone is the district or state that she or he couldn't support the project or grant they wanted because they were against federal spending, please let me know.

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As I said back in June, in spite of all of the discussion about the need to cut federal spending, the gospel truth is that it's VERY popular and cutting anything -- including the always denigrated foreign aid and the constantly belittled waste, fraud and abuse -- will be much, much harder than anyone ever admits.

So here's the first installment in what I suspect will be a continuing series about just how difficult that's going to be.

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As I explain in my column published in today's Roll Call, the next few months should be a pretty humbling experience for all those on Capital Hill who have been insisting that fedreal spending is the problem and claiming that there's massive support for cutting it.

Americans Are Realizing They Don’t Really Like Cuts

By Stan Collender
Roll Call Contributing Writer
June 26, 2012, Midnight

There’s about to be a big change in the federal budget debate. In the end, the big winner will be the part of the budget that supposedly is so unpopular — federal spending — that a candidate for office this year cannot currently say he or she supports it without risking massive political condemnation and reprisals.

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My column from today's Roll Call is the ultimate contrarian argument: I say we'll end the year realizing that federal spending is VERY popular.

Popularity of Federal Spending Will Be Realized in 2011

By Stan Collender
Roll Call Contributing Writer
Jan. 4, 2011, 11:12 a.m.

For years polls have consistently shown that more than a majority of Americans say that no area of federal spending should be cut, with the exception of foreign aid.

Posted by Stan Collender

Prediction: No matter what the incoming GOP majority has said and wants us to believe, the number and dollar value of earmarks in the next Congress will be at least as great, and probably more, than the amount from previous years.  

In fact, when you combine the following two items together, and it's hard not to realize that the only thing the announced GOP ban on earmarks is only going to accomplish is to drive them underground where they'll be harder to see...and even that's not certain.

First, Hal Rogers (R-KY), whose nickname on Capital Hill is "Prince of Pork," will be the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in the next Congress and, therefore, the new "Earmarker-in-Chief."  As Politico reports,

"Over the past two years, Rogers has requested $175,613,300 in earmarks, including funding for a cheetah protection nonprofit that his daughter works for.


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