Presidential Earmarks Hard to Find:


The Wall Street Journal delves into the topic of Presidential earmarks, a practice that is “harder — if not impossible — to tally” compared to Congressional earmarks. Some Presidential earmarks are listed as line items in the budget but others are found in agency “justifications” – “staffers say the collection of ‘J-Books’ would form a pile roughly five feet high.” Notable Presidential earmarks include $24 million to the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program and $204 million to abstinence education in public schools. James Dyer, the former staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, asserts that, “the whole faith-based initiative” is “largely implemented by executive order to fund religious groups doing social work.”