Washington Times - U.S. troop funds diverted to pet projects It seems to me that the earmark system is arguably THE single most flawed part of the US government. Politicians routinely insert random earmarks on to bills, creating all sorts of complications and problems. In this instance, money is being siphoned away from its original intent - troop funding, and used for unrelated things like a Ted Kennedy museum, or a WWII museum. They're also used to try to sneak through less popular measures (and if someone votes against it because of those measures, their political opponents can then accuse them of voting against funding soldiers). Thoughts?