Has the Earmark Ban made Congress Irrelevant?

Ban all earmarks. It's one of those things that sounds a lot better than it really is. Instead of decisions on transportation projects being made by states and municipalities, we have transferred all of the power and decision-making to Washington, D.C. Is there any wonder why Congress has not been able to pass a single long-term transportation bill since the earmark ban?

Bruce Katz opines, "The federal government’s power is diminishing. Washington is becoming less effective at addressing many of our nation’s problems and less consequential in bolstering the cities and regions that drive the economy."

How Washington made itself irrelevant

Now that the midterms are behind us, let’s have an honest assessment of what’s really happening in our nation’s capital: The federal government’s power is diminishing. Washington is becoming less effective at addressing many of our nation’s problems and less consequential in bolstering the cities and regions that drive the economy.

Given the excessive partisanship on display, it’s tempting to blame Washington’s stumbling solely on ideological polarization. But that’s not the case. The source of the federal government’s feebleness is structural, and until its run-down foundations are addressed, Washington’s influence around the country will continue to wane.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-washington-made-itself-irrelevant/2014/12/04/d1a1fec0-74c2-11e4-9d9b-86d397daad27_story.html

 


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