Politics & Government

October 14, 2008

Pork-barrel spending: McCain slams it; Obama says it isn't the real problem

John McCain offers two ideas for how the government should counter out-of-control federal spending: Impose a partial one-year spending freeze and put a stop to all "earmarks." Barack Obama says that's too simple. He says a spending freeze is "using a hatchet where you need a scalpel" to make discriminating judgments.

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