Is Rand Paul working to give greater power to Obama and future presidents?Submitted by MyFirstNameIsPaul on Thu, 11/25/2010 - 15:13
In this Texas Straight Talk by Ron Paul (and in his manifesto), he explains why earmarks are the only way for Congress to create transparency in the spending process and reduce the power of the executive.
If we follow his logic that the executive gets to decide where the money gets spent, then it must be that manipulation of Congress through directing spending to a specific district is put exclusively into the hands of the executive branch if all 'earmarks' are 'banned'. (Of course, as Ron Paul points out, ordering a weapon, a building, porno-scanner, etc, is effectively an earmark in disguise).
Rand Paul has stated that he wants to ban earmarks because people want them banned and they're used to manipulate congress critters. As Ron Paul has explained, Congress is manipulated otherwise, thus the Rand's strongest argument is that people want them banned. This is called being a populist because the actions are done at the request of the constituents regardless of whether or not it achieves the intended results or violates the Constitution.
On a side-note, as usual, there is a constitutional argument that the entire budget should be 'earmarked', but not even on Freedom Watch does the Constitution take center stage in a debate.