Is Obama somehow to blame for the earmarks in the new $410 billion spending bill?
In this CNN article:
CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Orszag on spending bill: ‘Is it uglier than we’d like? Absolutely.’ « - Blogs from CNN.com
Peter Orszag said "this [spending bill] was negotiated before we came into office and we don't think it's possible to step in and dramatically change it."
Since the bill was negotiate before Obama became President, Orszag said
"Would we have written this thing differently? Absolutely. But we face a basic choice here, which is this was negotiated last fall. It's been baked in….is it uglier than we'd like? Yes. But again, this was negotiated last year. We think we should just move on. When we are engaged in the fiscal year 2010 appropriations process, it's going to look a lot different."
In this article:
Media Matters - AP ignored Democrats' response to earmark criticism: 40% are from Republicans
According to several sources, including the Taxpayers for Common Sense, 60% of the earmarks in the bill are from Democrats and 40% are from Republicans.
So I just want to see how many people actually think Obama is somehow involved in the earmarks of this new spending bill.