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Well, good old Harry Reid is at it again. He pulled the omnibus bill (which is good) because he knew he did not have the votes to pass it. He then said "we have a constitutional duty to do congressional-directed spending" and he doesn't want to give up that responsibility.

He is only part right. The Constitution does give Congress the right to spend. However, he failed to mention that the Constitution does not give Congress the right to add earmarks to bills. The Constitution says that if Congress spends money, it has to benefit everyone. The earmarks only benefit a few of the politicians' friends.

Harry also said he doesn't understand why his conservative colleagues want to give up that power. Good old Harry said he does not want to give up his power.

Power is what our politicians crave. It should be apparent to every voter that those out-of-touch gourd heads in Washington did not get it last November. So, I guess we will have to get rid of a bunch more of them in 2012.

Paul S. Barnes
Flowery Branch

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