Free Enterprise, Free Money


Delightful tidbit from a Boston Globe report on the enormous rise in last-minute insertions of pure pork in the form of "earmarks," done with no official sponsors (there were 1,439 such earmarks in 1995, costing us all $10 billion, last year; a decade after the Gingrich/GOP revolution to slash government, we saw 13,997 earmarks, costing $27.3 billion): one of the recipients, from acting majority leader Roy Blunt's district, was "Students in Free Enterprise," which won a million in federal grants.