If the president could remove egregious earmarks, we could save billions in taxpayer money.If the spending is so egregious, then Congress should stop it. Even if it doesn't rise to the level of egregiousness, but is merely wasteful or simply not useful Congress should still stop it.
For Congress to rely on the president, any president, to save it from its own bad habits is ridiculous and an abdication of its responsibility under our system of government.
A Republican, especially, should be wary of reliance on such a scheme. If the federal government is not a cure-all for personal irresponsibility, why would it be such for Congressional irresponsibility.
I respectfully suggest that Feingold and Ryan re-examine their position on this issue and then advocate for sensible government spending without calling on the executive to bail them out.
It's high time the first branch of government started living up to its billing.