Not only are earmarks a bipartisan affliction, but the double-talk and hypocrisy surrounding them are as well.
After spending sigificant time and airspace bashing the earmark process as the running mate of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin requested an unspecified number of earmarks in the omnibus spending bill, Jonathan Stein and David Corn report at Mother Jones.
One hundred earmarks worth $144 million are headed for Alaska, Taxpayers for Common Sense says. That works out to $209.71 per state resident — more money, per capita, than any other state.
"We have drastically, drastically reduced our earmark request since I came into office," Palin told ABC News’ Charles Gibson last year after he pointed out that Alaska received $231 per person in earmarks in 2008.
"The abuse of earmarks, it’s un-American, it’s undemocratic, and it’s not going to be accepted in a McCain-Palin administration," she said. "Earmark abuse will stop."
Palin went on to call it "an embarrassment that abuse of the . . . earmark process has been accepted in Congress. And that’s what John McCain has fought. And that’s what I joined him in fighting."