Ceramic Industry Blog

Pork-Barrel Politics as Usual?

March 11, 2009

President Obama is scheduled to sign a $410 million omnibus bill today that will enable the government to operate through the end of the fiscal year. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the measure, which is already going to cost $30 billion more than last year, also includes around $8 billion in earmarks-almost 9000 of them.

During his campaign, Obama promised to reform the earmark practice, lawmakers’ traditional add-ons for projects that typically have little or nothing to do with the legislation they’re attached to. (To me, they’re sort of like asking for a steak after you’ve paid for your dinner.) However, the president is going to move forward with this legislation without addressing the earmarks.

Any good salesman will tell you that giving customers the occasional freebie is good for business. If we view our elected officials as salespeople, it could be argued that they’re just doing their job by using earmarks to service their constituents. At the same time, we’re talking about $8 billion for projects that have not been debated or even investigated by the administration before they’re approved.

What do you think? Are earmarks an acceptable practice? Is the president copping out by signing this measure before addressing the reforms he promised? Please share your thoughts by entering a comment below.


You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

November 2014 Issue Highlights

Our November 2014 issue is now available! Posted: March 31, 2015.


Ceramics Expo podcast
Editor Susan Sutton discusses the upcoming Ceramics Expo with event director Adam Moore.
More Podcasts

Ceramic Industry Magazine

CI April 2015 edition

2015 April

You'll want to check out our continuing coverage of the inaugural Ceramics Expo event, plus articles on dental ceramics, glass coatings, refractories, and more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Daily News

We know where you find the latest ceramic industry news (ahem), but where do you catch up on the rest of your daily news?
View Results Poll Archive


M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\Ceramics Industry\handbook of advanced ceramics.gif
Handbook of Advanced Ceramics Machining

Ceramics, with their unique properties and diverse applications, hold the potential to revolutionize many industries, including automotive and semiconductors.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


facebook_40px twitter_40px  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40google+ icon 40px


CI Data Book July 2012

Ceramic Industry's Directories including Components, Equipment Digest, Services, Data Book & Buyers Guide, Materials Handbook and much more!