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On the pork barrel

Pork barrel politics is, simply, the art of buying your constituents' votes using their own money, and hoping that they never catch on.

The depressing part about this is how often it works.

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blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: September 4th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really, it's the art of buying your constituents votes via buying them stuff with Other People's Money, and a little bit of their own.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: September 4th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
It all balances out. Tax dollars are fungible. The more money your congresscritter spends in your district, the more money comes out of your pocket.
jhetley From: jhetley Date: September 4th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you practice it right, your constituents show a net gain on the transaction. "Tax that man behind the tree."
unixronin From: unixronin Date: September 4th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
And then the next district's legislator pulls the same stunt. It all balances out.
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