The University of Chicago’s Adam Chan certainly thinks so. He writes:

“Congress passed a bill banning earmarks in 2010 with a rare combination of bipartisan support and President Obama’s endorsement. And what followed? Surely, with earmarks officially banned, Congress must have transitioned into a model of efficient legislative function. Surely members of Congress, no longer corrupt or beholden to special interests, must have devoted themselves to serving the people at large. Surely Congress must have been able to make the politically unpopular, but necessary, choices vital to a well-governed nation. In fact, the opposite happened. Rather than entering a golden age, Congress entered an age of unprecedented dysfunction.”


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