Lean Pork

For many years, it has been the right, the privilege and by some esteemed even the duty of Congressmen to secure, each for his constituency, the finest, fattest, most expensive public building that he could wheedle out of his colleagues and the Federal fisc. So, in a spirit of sympathetic cooperation, Congressmen would get together, each handing the other a perfect plum of a public edifice. The press of those parts of the country where the plums did not fall called this "log-rolling," called it "pork."

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