From the Washington Post:
Congressional reformers contend that they corrupt the process, and President Obama has vowed to sharply reduce them. But Congress devoted nearly $16 billion to lawmakers’ pet projects in their home states and districts last year — a slight increase in funding over the previous year, although the number of earmarks decreased.
For fiscal 2010, Congress included 9,413 earmarks in the annual appropriations bills that fund the federal government, down from 10,363 in 2009, according to a report released Wednesday by Taxpayers for Common Sense, an independent watchdog dedicated to rooting out waste. Those earmarks accounted for $15.9 billion, up from $15.6 billion the previous year, the group found. That represents less than 2 percent of overall spending appropriated by Congress each year.
There needs to be a constitutional amendment requiring ennumeration of powers, and it should prevent spending earmarks unrelated to the primary objective of any bill from being included. The amount of nonsense spending and kickback is getting ridiculous.