Big Government Wasting Money

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, July 01, 2005

Big Government Wasting Money

July 1, 2005

I try to keep a close watch on how big government wastes my money.

Here’s the latest.

Congress daily reports that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has hired a lobbyist to help them secure more federal dollars for a music program.

These are called “earmarks”.”

They are what individual members of Congress managed to attach to bills that are of particular interest to them.

Never mind that the constitution says in the 10th amendment that all rights not mentioned in this constitution are specifically reserved for the states.

There is no constitutional mandate or permission for spending the public’s money on a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame program in Cleveland, Ohio.

Earlier this year, defense analysts acknowledged that earmarks in the defense spending bill had shrunk the pot of available funding for things like body armor for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Keep the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in mind the next time you hear that government can’t afford to cut your taxes any further and remember that China is buying up a lot of the government’s debt.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.