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    Trump’s curious bid to bring back earmarks

    During the recently televised meeting on immigration, President Trump made the bizarre suggestion that maybe earmarks should be reinstated as a remedy for the deeply divisive partisanship in Congress. Besides demonstrating his ignorance, he misses the real reason for this divide: campaign financing.

    Current laws give the wealthy and large corporations control over policy decisions. The recent tax cuts are a case in point. They also force legislators to spend more time fund-raising than legislating.

    The time has come to place meaningful limits on campaign spending and donations and on the length of campaigns.

    Don Boyce