I worked in retail for many years and as a salesman had to add on any number of crazy things to a sale. The higher the add on, the better the sale and thus the better bottom line for the company. $.99 adds up over a year with as many transaction as some of these companies performed. Inevitably many customers would say no, then when you had to add on more items because they didn’t take the first they would say “I SAID NO!!!”.
Americans are hit everyday with the same scenario on the Federal level. Unfortunately, the congressmen who are faced with the same decisions (and who represent us) saying YES! to whatever is offered. Funding for Iraq-YES! on the condition it has billions of dollars for my state! Billions of dollars are wasted every years on pork projects that do not benefit the public as a whole. Cranberry farms in Alaska are doing great but the troops can only have their money if those farms keep getting pork. Why do we, as consumers, give salespeople a hard time about an add on in the stores and not care about billions spent on wasteful projects attached to good bills?
If Republicans are serious about fiscal conservancy they will stop the idiotic process of earmarks/pork spending that exists and make real reform in Washington.