After reading Bob Bennett's defense-of-earmarks column, I am totally flabbergasted at his lack of understanding of the reason for his political demise ("It's time to reinstate earmarks," May 7). His philosophy that it is acceptable to confiscate (tax) the hard-earned income of the citizens of this nation so that Washington, D.C., politicians can spread around favors to their friends, family and political cronies is beyond the pale of intelligent reasoning.

For one who voted for and supported the funding of the "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska, he now wants to return to Washington's unconscionable practice, (often times more criminal than legal) of wasteful earmarking. It is beyond the understanding of this common taxpayer.

Neil L. Blackburn

Fruit Heights