Here we go again, more earmarks after the President promised to put an end to this outrageous spending--- and this at a time of 10% + unemployment. Defense Bill Earmarks Total $4 Billion - WSJ.com Among the earmarks in the Defense bill: $18.9 million for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate sponsored by Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.); a $23 million item for the Hawaii Healthcare Network, sponsored by Senate appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii); a $20 million appropriation for the National World War II museum in New Orleans, by Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana; and $5 million for a Heritage Center at San Francisco's historic Presidio, an item included by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her "community funding requests." Ms. Landrieu said in a statement that she was "proud" to secure the museum funding, which will be used to pay for the construction of a new wing that will include aircraft, tanks and landing vehicles used during the war. A spokesman for Ms. Pelosi said the Presidio item was requested by the Presidio Trust, adding that it was for rehabilitation of the Officers Club, a local landmark. One of the larger spending items is a $300 million appropriation touted by Reps. Jim Moran (D., Va.) and Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), among others, to improve their region's overstressed transportation system. The road widenings are justified by expanding operations at area military facilities, including new hospital facilities. "Congress is committed to building world class facilities for our wounded warriors in the national capital region, and these funds are an integral part of that effort," Mr. Van Hollen said.