Ridiculous, just ridiculous. This article supposes that Washington is gridlocked because our representatives can’t face the glare of transparency; that they are afraid to compromise because their constituents will see what they are up to. Also, they can’t get anything done with out pork barrel projects and special interest earmarks to lube ’em up.
Speaker of the House John Boehner implemented a ban on earmarks — federal funding for pet projects of lawmakers — when Republicans took the House of Representatives in 2011 as part of a push toward transparency and fiscal responsibility.
Sounds good. Let projects be funded on their merits, not as political favors.
But many have argued that the pork barrel spending served to grease the legislative wheels on Capitol Hill — and blame their absence for contributing to Washington’s legislative stalemate.