"The Legislative Branch, Article I, the one that was supposed to be the 'protector and defender of the American people' has been delegated to people neither you nor I can name. And, that is a tremendous shift in power, in my judgement.
Financially, it says in Article I, that there shall be no draws upon the treasury except by act of Congress. In other words, you cannot be spending money unless Congress says you can do it. So every dime was an earmark, nothing was spent without a vote of the Congress.
We have so preverted that to the point now that if the Congress of the United States says we actually believe Mr Obama that you should not collapse all our nuclear forces, you want to get rid of 80% of them. We believe that they should be maintained and you put an earmark in the Defense Act that says you have to do that. And, now it becomes noble to say to the Congressman, who are you to interfere with what the bureaucrats want to do.
So now we have people on both sides of the aisle, across the board, that are boasting about the fact that they would never engage in an earmark. They would never stand publically and write the law so they could point to it five years later and stand in front of the electorate and say this is what I did and here is why I did it. They want to shove all that authority to bureaucrats and let them decide.
And, I believe that is a thrust in a direction exactly the opposite of what the founders intended."