. . . you buy into the notion that a ban on earmarks is purely symbolic and the 1/2 percent of federal spending that is not substantial.
If you are out of money and begging (the Chinese) for a hand-out so you can eat, you don't spend it frivolously on ornamental topiary for your home that is in foreclosure . . . unless your crazy . . . or a politician . . . or both.
Have you seen Charlie Rangel lately?