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A problem, I think, in US politics is the elimination--or at least reduction--of "pork barrel" projects. They are specific congressional spending actions that benefit specific congressional districts, enacted by a "you pat my back and I'll pat yours" system. While they are counted as corruption of the political process, and were the subject of a lot of discussion in the 1970s and 1980s (refer to "Golden Fleece Award"), they also acted as a lubricant that enabled bipartisan action. Back room horse-trading of this sort was a factor in cooperation across the aisles in Congress, and by eliminating them, each party has retracted into its own shell.

I guess this is not really specific to 2018, but it is part of what is going on...

by asdf on Sun Dec 30th, 2018 at 04:30:54 AM EST

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