What should federal dollars be used for?

Home for the holiday weekend I read the Lowell Sun on Sunday in hard print.  There were a few articles about the failure of earmarks to pass and how that was going to “negatively affect” Greater Lowell.  Among the articles was this list of Niki Tsongas’ earmarks for fiscal years 2010 and 2011.  

The thing that struck me about this list is that I, and many of us, would consider only one of these requests something the Federal Government should be spending money on.  

Recipient: Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford

Amount: $2,663,000

Project: Funding will be used for the planning and design of the Joint Force Headquarters at Hanscom Air Force Base.

Everything else on that list is not the responsibility of the Federal Government.  Some of it isn’t even the responsibility of the state or local government.  Until we as a people reject the notion that the Federal Government should be spending money like this we will never be on the path to restoring our republican form of government within the limits prescribed by our Founders.  

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