A topic going around concerns earmarks, those little spending things members of Congress enjoy tacking onto bills to funnel money into their home states. I hate earmarks, just bad in my opinion.
That said, be realistic about them. Earmarks amount to about 1% or less of government spending. When talking about ways to save money earmarks get a lot of attention but they amount to beans in balancing the budget. Balancing the budget means hitting those items that people enjoy getting, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.
Sure do away with earmarks but that is just a distraction in the scheme of things.