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Make earmarks data available for download

The GOP has a database of earmarks.

 

The collected data for earmarks should also be made available for download.

 

This will allow the data to be analyzed.

 

For example, an earmark may be important at a local level but at a national level a project that generates revenue, reduces energy usage, increases domestic power generation, etc. is more important.

 

Investing in projects that generate revenue for the government means more money is available for later projects without having to borrow money to pay for them.

 

Given the current deficit and amount of national debt, it is important the country spends money on projects that generate revenue.

 

Making the earmarks data available for analysis would enable people to see if the country was investing in its future or having to continue running on borrowed money.

 

 

http://sunshine.gop.gov/earmarks/

 

http://mcmorris.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=27&parentid=25§iontree=25,27&itemid=1440

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