Earmarks made up less than 2% of the recently passed spending bill. The $165 million in bonuses for AIG executives is a much smaller fraction of the TARP funds (roughly $700 billion) already spent, not to mention the additional funds that will be directed to the financial industry. Is this really the most important thing for the media and congress to be working on?

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