June 14, 2007

Rename Earmarks - The Top Ten Run-Off (Update & Bump)

The winner is ToddG! We'll send him the book, and thanks to everyone who participated!

Yesterday, I asked CQ readers to help Nancy Pelosi with her strategy to fight the "culture of corruption," which consists of forgetting the term "earmarks" rather than getting rid of them altogether. We have to call them something, though, and I offered a free copy of The Reagan Diaries to the CQ reader who submitted the replacement that most captured the spirit of earmarking.

And we got a terrific response! In fact, it was so good that I had a tough time selecting the top ten responses. Many of you like acronyms, and several of the best made the list. I took into consideration endorsements of nominations in the comments, too. If your entry didn't make the Top Ten, it's only because we had so many excellent suggestions.

Cast your vote for the best of the Top Ten in the poll below. We will accept votes right up to the moment we announce the winner, which will be during today's CQ Radio show at 2 pm CT. Mark Tapscott, one of the original Porkbusters, will join me in making the announcement during the show. Don't miss the announcement!

UPDATE & BUMP: As of 10:45 am CT, we've received 760 votes -- and CRAPs (Congressional Resource Allocation Protection) has the lead. I actually liked STDs, but then again, I liked them all. Make sure to get your votes in as soon as possible ...

What should be the new name for earmarks?
Timely House Endorsed Payments Hidden from Taxpayers (THEPHTs) - AnonymousDrivel
Stealing of Taxpayer Dollars (STDs) - rbj
Bribes Used to Corral Congressmen (BUCCs) - Arb
Congressional Resource Allocation Protection (CRAP) Todd G
Troughles (pronounced "truffles") - Dave Rywall
Silk Purses - Jay Lewis
Spending Large On Pet Projects (SLOPP) - PhilJ
Swinola - La Mano
Obeyance - Jrod
Really Inane Projects Ordained Free From Scrutiny (Ripoffs) - PointyHairedBoss
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Comments (14)

Posted by lennie | June 14, 2007 6:31 AM

I voted for C.R.A.P., but I would change it from "Protection" to "Payoff".....

Posted by lennie | June 14, 2007 6:34 AM

or maybe "Payola"......

Posted by Todd G | June 14, 2007 9:00 AM

Actually I also thought about Prerogative.

I like Payola and Payoff as well, but the key is no matter how outrageous the acronym, make the component words plausible.

Kinda the reverse of what they normally do--figure out a catchy acronym and choose words to fit. Not that it makes any sense, but the key is to distract people with a catchy acronym so they won't actually read the language. And boy, does that work!

Posted by James D. Huggins | June 14, 2007 9:33 AM

Looks like some really good and appropriate ideas...too bad the congresscum won't pay any attention.

Posted by MarkJ | June 14, 2007 10:26 AM

For shame, I thought you'd include "Ron Paul" as an option as well. ;)

Posted by rbj | June 14, 2007 11:08 AM

Wow, I made it to the playoffs -- and on the strength of the one that I was just having a bit of fun with.

Had to vote for my own.

Posted by rcb | June 14, 2007 11:19 AM

Why not " Murthas". Or "Teds" on the Senate side. ( Stevens or Kennedy, take your pick)

Posted by km | June 14, 2007 12:56 PM

Ther should definitely be a "Ron Paul" option.

Posted by Bithead | June 14, 2007 2:18 PM

How about we simply call them what they are....

Posted by Charlie | June 14, 2007 3:21 PM

Should be SLOPs for Senatorial/Legislative Optional Payouts.

Posted by onlineanalyst | June 14, 2007 7:57 PM

Powerlineblog links a heartening YouTube collage of Republican leaders shedding a light of disinfectant on the Dirty-Dem tricks on the earmark debacle: http://powerlineblog.com/archives/017939.php


Posted by A. Troll | June 15, 2007 10:02 PM

No acronym: Embezzled Monies

Think about it, "The term, formerly known as 'Earmarks'"(tm) was about public monies redirected to benefit a few with accounting tricks and disingenous claims to hide the movement of the monies. Little to no accountability. How does this really differ from embezzlement?

Posted by sk | June 15, 2007 10:13 PM

How about, "Skidmarks"?

Posted by peter jackson | June 15, 2007 10:47 PM

The should be called "haves" (plural) or a "have" (singular) as in "I'll have that, thanks. Sucker."

"Today in Congress a 200 million dollar "have" was attached to the highway bill by Senator Byrd to study the mating habits of West Virginia deer ticks."

By the way, that's the new name we should give members of Congress: "deer ticks."