They're a little late to the parade, but I still think it's an important step to make sure this whole sort of embarrassing era has ended.
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I give him a C-minus. It's better than we've had, but we've got a long way to go to get this federal fiscal house in order. ... I would give him a much higher grade if he had vetoed just one (spending) bill.
The only thing I think can happen is that (Congress enacts) a very large, across-the-board cut, ... and nobody is talking about that. Every major program has an 800-pound gorilla protecting it.
There are thousands of quid pro quos that occur daily in the halls of Congress. Earmarking is the quo. It's what lawmakers can offer to lobbyists in exchange for political contributions and whatever else. It's part of the puzzle.
It's a challenge. We're really trying to get blood out of a stone, politically.
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