Congress's Hidden Goodies

Haste makes waste. Haste when the House and Senate are negotiating a catchall spending bill of half a trillion dollars for next year, as they were last week, also makes for some mighty curious appropriations of taxpayers' money. Among the more unusual:

The Turkey Shoot. More than $4 million was targeted for the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice. The organization, dating to the time when militias were essential to national security, now does little more than conduct shooting matches and conventions of gun buffs. Congress has been trying to kill this turkey, but it is backed by the...

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