All we hear about on the main stream media is "pork barrel" and "earmark" spending. I want to hear about the other 99% of the spending bill. Quit harping on the insignificant and stupid.
The facts that you never hear in these reports are as follows:
-- earmarks make up 1% of the total bill
--while there are 9000 earmarks that is down from 13,000 in 2005
--40% of the earmark spending this year is from Republicans. More top Republicans (McConnell, I'm looking at you) have earmarks than top Democrats
--the president committed to no earmarks a year from now, not this year
--this spending bill is long overdue and is needed to fund government agencies
--while the growth of the bill is 8% from last year, 10% of the bill remained unnecessarily the same to maintain Republican staffing despite Republican losses in the past election