Hello all, I ran for local office in WI many years ago, made it through the primaries and lost by a few votes to a man that been town chairman for many years, hired all of his family to do jobs for the township etc.. Politics start at the local level, and I suggest that everyone who gets involved in forums, should run for office. My motto back then was "We The People Need to Decide" go figure thats just what we are trying to do again. Government is supposed to be for the people not for themselves. Ear Marks are just a form of Campaign money that the politicians get for their constitutants and then get a percentage of it back for campaigning ie... Harry Reids $61million shooting park in Vegas. What a waste of our money I lived in Vegas for 12 years, we could go out in the desert and shoot for free. I'm sure he got $$$$$ for his campaign for this earmark. Bills should only have 1 item in them and voted up or down... End of story!!!