Budget earmarks, which jumped by 285% between 1994 and 2005 as their cost soared by 60%, stand as the perfect symbol of the GOP-led profligacy that drives us crazy still. In and of themselves, earmarks are admittedly a small part in the budget process, amounting to roughly 2% of the federal budget in 2005.McCain has said he plans to assail earmarks and veto any legislation with them attached. Sounds great, except for the fact that McCain plans to repeat the errors of the past. Cutting earmarks only reduces the deficit by about $18 billion. As I wrote a few weeks ago, his plans only add to the deficit and the debt. McCain would do well to read the op-ed of the Lincoln Club. The club hails from the conservative bastion of Orange County, Calif., and has a 45-year history of raising funds for Republican causes. They brought Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to national prominence, and more recently funded the recall of the former Democratic governor of California, Gray Davis. They call on GOP party leadership to stop pork barrel projects and reduce government spending -- or else lose out on big donations. Chip Hanlon -- a member of the Lincoln Club, president of Delta Global Advisers, and a RealMoney contributor, said in an interview: "The Republican leadership needs to get real and embrace fiscal responsibility with spending control." I asked Hanlon if the effort was similar to the revolt suggested by Richard Viguerie, a well-known founder of direct-mail fund-raising and author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and other Big Government Conservatives Hijacked the Conservative Cause. Viguerie called on conservatives to stop giving money to the party until they made concerted efforts to reform. Hanlon confirmed a revolt is brewing. "Speaking for myself, not the Lincoln Club, there will be a better organized effort to change the leadership, the bloggers, and the message in the media after the elections next year," he said. This sounds ominous for those in the GOP who have supported big spending. Hanlon said he's supporting McCain, who was not his first choice. He doesn't feel he could trust Democrats to cut spending and reduce government if they controlled the White House and Congress. McCain and the GOP are in trouble this election. But if they listen to their own disaffected supporters, they would know how to get back on track: By consistently and credibly supporting small government and spending controls.