These need to be stopped. Earmarks are a method of taking federal tax $ and using them for local projects. The president's administration submits his budget to congress for their approval and currently with earmarks Congressmen and Senators tack on their pet projects and approve the overall budget. While many representatives use these limitedly some use these in extreme fashion. This is a misappropriation of our tax $s and should not be allowed. I am all for a ban on earmarks and would go further than the current proposal of a 2 year moratorium....make it banned forever.