Just some ramblings…..
A great piece by Jonathan Rauch in The Atlantic (The Case for Corruption http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/03/the-case-for-corruption/357568/ ) nails human nature and, accordingly, a missing tactic in DC: we all want to feel like we’re getting a deal. So let the earmarks flourish as the lubricant that gets the big stuff done. Remember earmarks are a tiny piece of the budget. But what an earmark does is create cover for legislators to do the right thing