Harry Reid: Congress has Failed because Republicans Cut Out Earmarks


Democrats have spent the last month trying to find ways to lay the blame for their disastrous 2016 at anyone’s feet but their own, so why wouldn’t they be looking for ways to blame everyone else for other problems too?

Congressional popularity has dipped to all-time lows in recent days, and both parties are attempting to blame each other for that precipitous drop, but Harry Reid (D-NV) may have just come up with the most “creative” reason for the hate yet. In a recent interview with Nevada’s NPR station, Reid actually argued that the reason Congress was so unpopular was because they’d ended the practice of “earmarks”!

(Earmarks, for the uninitiated, are a legal form of bribery whereby a government official appeased local interests by showering them with taxpayer dollars, all in an effort to ensure that they get reelected.)

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NPR: Caller Mike wanted to know about the efforts to cut pork in Washington, D.C.

Harry Reid: I think one of the reasons Congress has failed in recent years is because they arbitrarily, the Republicans and I’m sorry to say Obama worked with them, and that is they cut out earmarks. We have a constitutional duty to have congressional directed spending.


I’m very proud of what I was able to do with congressional directed spending. I believe as someone who was born and raised in Nevada, been in government all these many years, I think I know as much about what Nevada needs as someone who works in the bowels of the Energy Department or the Interior Department.

I think the country worked pretty well for many generations when you kept the president from determining all the money that should be spent and we had earmarks.

Article posted with permission from Constitution.com

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