68 flat out refused. 6 told us they did not make any earmark requests. But the majority, 316, never responded. We should note that some we called were downright hostile.Look some earmarks are worthy efforts and no Congressman should be ashamed about bringing home money for improved roads, schools or police programs. The problem that we as Americans face is that too many earmarks just smell wrong because we don't know what is going on.
. . . I called Congressman Rangel’s office. I got one of his press aides. Before I could even answer the question, said no. I know what you’re going to ask me. No. And he said, good day. Then, hung up on me.
The more and more people start asking the questions, the more likely we are to see real reform.