This is typical.
The Miami Herald urges passage of the spending bill, notwithstanding the obvious flaws:
"We don't disagree with the critics on that point. Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group, says the bill has more than 8,500 earmarks, at a cost of $7.7 billion. Although that amounts to only about 3.4 percent of the total . . ."
"Only" 3.4 percent of the total? Isn't that a huge amount of money, when talking about billions of dollars? (trillions of dollars?)