1/18/19 Winslow T. Wheeler on Earmarks in the Federal Budget

1/18/19 Winslow T. Wheeler on Earmarks in the Federal Budget

Winslow T. Wheeler explains earmarks in the federal budget, a process by which representatives can subtly direct money away from what it’s actually been requested for, often into projects that will go straight contractors in their districts. These firms then make political contributions to help the representatives get and stay elected. Wheeler says these earmarks divert over $19 billion per year, and the phenomenon is only getting worse.

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Winslow T. Wheeleris the Director of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Project On Government Oversight. He worked in the senate and the Government Accountability Office for many years, and is the author of Wastrels of Defense: How Congress Sabotages U.S. Security.

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Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan, editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He’s conducted more than 5,800 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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