As if our little blog could impact public policy…
Today, I call on President Obama to throw down the gauntlet, and challenge the Congress to send him a budget bill with zero pork.
Talk about a political win for the President. It would seem too easy for him to score points this way. What a coup! The Congress gains back a measure of trust from the people, and the President score’s big going into the mid-terms.
The cynic in me says this will never happen, but from a practical standpoint, there is no reason why it shouldn’t.
The President could direct the states to the $$ Billions left in grants from the American Recovery and Re-Investment Act. If you check out Recovery.gov, you’ll see that much of the money doled out has that scent of bacon anyway. And there is plenty of money left.
I’m certain that any reasonably legitimate project, that might otherwise have gotten inserted in the middle of the night to the budget bill, would likely end up getting funding through existing grants.
All sarcasm aside, this is a great way for the administration to show a level of transparency by forcing earmarks through the recovery.gov website, and still ensure that truly legitimate programs that create jobs or serve other higher purposes, can have a source of funding. What a great way to take earmarks out of the equation for budget negotiations and spend from the pot of money already allocated.
Am I a democratic strategist now?
What do you think?
Guest Blogger – Jeff Hine