Let’s be honest, whether you are a Democrat or a Republican we all share a sense of frustration with government. The unfortunate fact is that we tend to express this frustration in terms of anger at “the other guy” and politicians — hamstrung by the processes of government themselves — have learned that harnessing this anger is the best way to get reelected. I have a solution: Bring back pork-barrel spending.
In recent years the use of pork-barrel spending — the process by which a congressman’s vote is “bought” in exchange for a little government largesse in his home district — has gotten a bad name. But isn’t the real truth that we hate “pork” only to the extent that we don’t get it for ourselves?