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December 11, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Congressional earmarks

We get what we vote for

What an excellent series. Too bad the American public doesn’t care [“Earmark helps businesses, not troops,” Nation & World, Dec. 7; “Iraq earmarks $3 billion for Baghdad subway,” Nov. 17; “Despite reforms, Congress hides $3.5B in defense earmarks,” Oct. 12].

If you want to understand the roots of the present financial, economic and moral breakdown, look no further than our “leaders.” They are in it for themselves — the citizenry be damned. Give earmarks in exchange for campaign support.

No wonder average Americans think it’s OK to lie on mortgage applications, students to cheat on tests and so on.

Sens. Charles Schumer and Arlen Specter, not to mention the congressmen from Washington, D.C., whose hands are also all over the earmark piggy bank, get elected, re-elected and re-re-elected.

Well America, we get what we vote for and we’ve got it: the decline of our country.

— Theodore Wight, Seattle

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