When Barack Obama was running for office, he boldly spoke out against earmarks. He even threatened to veto bills which included earmarks and publicly embarrass the politicians behind the earmarks.
Well, Chairman Obama has been in office less that two months, and he has already broken that vow. On March 11, 2009, he signed a $410 billion spending bill, which was loaded with nearly 9,000 earmarks, which called for hundreds of millions in pork-barrel spending. Even worse, many members of the Obama administration are responsible for the earmarks. They injected the earmarks into the bill last year while they were still in Congress. For example, Vice President Joe Biden had just over $52 million in earmarks in the bill. Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff, had more that $8 in earmarks. There are tens of millions more among Obama’s current staffers.
The Obama family has barely unpacked, and Chairman Obama has already broken another campaign promise. When Obama reaches the first hundred-day mark, will he have any promises left to break?