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Sen. Tom Harkin Names $7,000,000 Earmark After Himself

Tom_HarkinSenator Tom Harkin (D-IA) appears to have no qualms about congratulating himself for how he spends your money. This year, he requested a $10,000,000 earmark to fund a grant program for Iowa schools. It was funded at $7,000,000 in the Senate version of H.R. 3293, the Labor/HHS spending bill for fiscal 2010.

The “Harkin Grant Program” he calls it. Such modesty.

But it should be called the “Harper Grant Program,” the “Smith Grant Program,” or whatever your last name is. It’s not Senator Harkin’s money, after all.

Here’s the current vote on Senator Harkin’s $10,000,000 earmark. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki article about this earmark.

Visitor Comments for Sen. Tom Harkin Names $7,000,000 Earmark After Himself RSS 2.0

L McClell

bogus poll question–misleading–people may think the question is ‘what you you think about earmark?’ in which case you’ll get a false finding.

Jim Harper

I don’t understand your criticism. Votes “for” or “against” the earmark reflect whether people support or oppose it. How does that yield false information?

Congratulations to Senator Tom Harkin | Think Tank West

[…] . . for congratulating himself by naming a federal grant program after himself. His $10,000,000 earmark request for the program is funded at $7,000,000 in the Labor/HHS […]


You could be asking any or all of these with your poll:

Is the concept of earmarking bad? Is the amount of money earmarked bad? Is the bill containing the earmark bad? Is the naming of the earmark bad? Is the intent of the earmark bad?

The Height of Washington Arrogance « East Metro Atlanta Libertarian Party

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