This is the major flaw with our law making system. Some things should be voted on without “pet projects” added in. At a minimum, we should write and bundle line items in a bill differently.
“House Democratic leaders are offering billions in federal funds for lawmakers’ pet projects large and small to secure enough votes this week to pass an Iraq funding bill that would end the war next year.
So far, the projects — which range from the reconstruction of New Orleans levees to the building of peanut storehouses in Georgia — have had little impact on the tally. For a funding bill that establishes tough new readiness standards for deploying combat forces and sets an Aug. 31, 2008, deadline to bring the troops home, votes do not come cheap.”
See the full story on MSNBC.
OK thats my political rant for the day.