Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has had a change of heart on earmarks, presumably in response to the Tea Party’s demand for fiscal austerity. Note that earmarks account for only 1% of the federal budget. He was applauded by Tea Party darling Jim DeMint who was for earmarks before he was against them. Even President Obama in favor of it.
But not everyone likes the moratorium. Notable climate change denier, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is hopping mad about the moratorium. So why is he upset? Earmarks are the means for congress critters to bring home the bacon to their district. This makes voters happy, and more likely to vote for them in the next election.
The rub is that most earmarks go to red states. No wonder McConnell needed persuading, Inhofe is upset and the President is pleased as punch.
The only real question is how long the moratorium will last?