McCain... slammed Obama for requesting $932 million for Illinois since arriving in the Senate (a stat he repeated three or four times). Of course, earmarks only represent $18 billion in spending--a tiny sum, as Obama pointed out.
Regardless of what it is compared to, $18 billion is not a tiny sum. Only someone who has no value for other people's money would consider $18 billion to be a tiny sum. Someone who has that little respect for the value of the taxpayer's money does not deserve to be a Senator, much less the President.