Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Pork Barrel Politics

In the vein of C&L’s Late Night Music Club, I present this video for the song "Itsu," by a group called Plaid. Enjoy.

From Wikipedia:
One of the earliest examples of pork barrel politics in the United States was the Bonus Bill of 1817, which was introduced by John C. Calhoun to construct highways linking the East and South of the United States to its Western frontier using the earnings bonus from the Second Bank of the United States. Calhoun argued for it using general welfare and post roads clauses of the United States Constitution. Although he approved of the economic development goal, President James Madison vetoed the bill as unconstitutional. Since then, however, U.S. presidents have seen the political advantage of pork barrel politics. Read On


Panda said...

That was entertainingly intense.

btw...your media matters news box is out of place from my end. It appears on the top right over your blog text. Needs a template adjustment? Or, maybe it's just me.

Big Daddy Malcontent said...

Has it always been that way, or is it a recent development? I had some difficulty with the placement of that box and the Amazon ad I used to have. Removing the Amazon ad seems to have solved the problem, at least on my screen. Thanks for visiting.

Panda said...

The view from here: still appearing on the top right of your page over text.