Thursday, January 30, 2014

The pork Congress approves is just the tip of the spending iceberg

BY  | JANUARY 30, 2014

Not sure what to buy the millionaire golfer who has everything? For Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, the answer was a $30,000 gold medal for Jack Nicklaus, at taxpayer expense.
Or what's behind an obscure bill to funnel federal funds to chiropractors?

Perhaps that's answered by the seven contributions from the American Chiropractic Association to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, in the months before the legislation was introduced. Three more contributions came afterwards.

Congress may be deadlocked and unproductive, but that doesn't mean lawmakers aren’t trying to spend tax dollars. In fact, the dysfunction is what keeps them from spending far more of it.
Most of the public's attention focuses on bills that are are about to become law and that enact significant changes.




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