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Tea Partiers hate government spending, and like all Serious opponents of wasteful spending, they would like to ban “earmarks.” As John McCain taught us, eliminating earmarks will solve the deficit, basically. So newly elected Senate Republicans are being pushed to vote for an earmark ban. It’s a contentious issue, because — like term limits — it’s the sort of thing that Republicans push during elections but get all “just kidding” about once they take office. (Like Democrats and anything designed to help workers organize.) Jim DeMint introduced it, and while GOP leader Mitch McConnell opposes it, Tea Party activists are lobbying hard for on-the-fence Republicans to support it.
Which is why Sen. James Inhofe is calling Tea Party leaders and sending activist this weird, rambling letter about how wonderful earmarks are. Inhofe Earmark doc
Inhofe — and it pains me to say this — isn’t all wrong. Earmarks are just the way powerful congressmen sent discretionary budget money to their districts, so eliminating earmarks will not actually do anything about the long-term budget deficit. But I’m not sure he’ll convince anyone with a reasoned argument about the role of Congress and the declining number of earmarks. He should probably just say, “If we ban earmarks then George Soros will drink your children’s blood.” That ought to work.
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
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World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.