Public Policy: Seduction by Subsidy


U.S. Chamber of Commerce presidents are expected to speak out against big government and careless spending, but Delaware Banker Edwin P. Neilan, 57, who took office last May for a one-year term, is turning out to be more outspoken—and articulate—than most. At the National Press Club in Washington last month, Neilan said that the U.S. has its own scandal to match Britain's Christine Keeler case: a "se duction by subsidy" in which more and more Congressmen are turning into bagmen for constituents, bringing home pork barrel programs and federal handouts in return for votes.

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