30.1.06

PUBLIC CHOICE SCHOLARS WILL NEVER LACK FOR WORK. Michael Barone:
The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to argue that pork barrel spending was politically benign because it was one way for an administration or for the congressional leadership to hold together a majority that could act decisively on other, more important issues.
If memory serves, that's the first lesson chief of staff Arnie van Damm gives recently-promoted President John Patrick Ryan in Executive Orders.

InstaPundit demurs.
Such unwritten-constitution arrangements, however, require self-discipline to function properly. That seems to be in exceptionally short supply among our political class today.
Dissertation topics on "The Welfare Losses of the Transportation Bill" will therefore be in long supply.

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