I love the idea of earmarks. They get a bad rap, mainly because they are used wrong in today's politics. An earmark basically directs money to a certain project or piece of legislation. They are used a lot in Congress to fund pork projects but I think all spending bills should require the use of earmarks. Why? Simple. Earmarks direct where the money goes, right? Ok, well, shouldn't every single cent spent by the government be allocated to certain things? Money is fungible and if tossed all together in a general fund money can be spent on whatever. I firmly believe that every cent that is to be spent ought to be earmarked for what it is intended for. If Congress is going to allocate $10 billion to buy airplanes we should be able to follow exactly where every single penny of that cash went. The only way to do that is to use earmarks. That way we know where it is going and they can't hide it. Respond.