Commentary; Our View: We need lighter pork

This editorial appeared in the Merced Sun-Star.

The old epithet for money set aside by members of Congress for local projects was "pork." The new euphemism is "congressionally directed spending."

And the debate is on, again, about whether to eliminate these so-called "earmarks."

On one side is newly elected Rep. Tom McClintock, who represents the district stretching from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe, running up the Sierra Nevada to the Oregon border.

Last April, he was one of two California congressmen who signed a "No Earmarks Pledge," refusing "to seek, support, or enact earmarks ..."

McClintock said during the election campaign that he wants to "end pork-barrel earmarks," which he said have not helped any district in California.

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