The pressure imposed by GOP lawmakers seems to have taken its toll on Democratic house speaker Nancy Pelosi. She has, surprisingly, promised to join the growing rank of brave lawmakers (30 at last count) committed to cutting earmarks for a period of one year: all of 2009. This would be quite a step in the right direction as far as taxpayers are concerned. The amount of pork dished out every fiscal year is lavish and wasteful: Remember the “bridge to nowhere?” Lawmakers from both sides of the fence could garner some iota of respect by saving us-the beleaguered taxpayer-from the pork fat.
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