The Honorable Rob Wittman,
You must bring sanity to the discussion on earmarks. Republicans appear poised to squander the good will that the American people have for them in a very public argument about earmarks. Please convince your colleagues that earmarks must be banished both in word and deed in the US Congress. People wouldn’t be so concerned with Representatives “bringing home the bacon” if the government didn’t take so much of it in the first place.
As you know, the American people know what to do with their earnings better than the Federal government. Cut taxes, dismantle the egregious excess of the Federal government, and then we won’t have to worry about turtle crossings and swamp mice.
Think of how detached from daily reality Senator McConnell must seem to us when he says that eliminating earmarks won’t save any money. He said that after it was reported that current bills under consideration in the House and Senate have earmarks totaling more than $8 billion. We also don’t need Senator Jim Inhofe running around defending the practice - earmarks must stop. The most effective thing that you all could do right now is to sign a pledge to the American people to forgo earmarks permanently. If I were running the show I would make you all sign it in blood.
Focus on single-issue small bills rather than these 3,000 page monstrosities. Make the process understandable and completely transparent.
Tell the leadership not to squander this opportunity – it won’t come again anytime soon. We are depending on you.