Cheese Factories on the Moon: Why Earmarks are Good for American Democracy

Cheese Factories on the Moon: Why Earmarks are Good for American Democracy

by Scott A. Frisch, Sean Q. Kelly
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1594517304

ISBN-13: 9781594517303

Pub. Date: 10/28/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

It has become part of US political convention to attack 'earmarks' - legislative provisions that direct funds to specific projects - as wasteful and corrupt. In this provocative book Scott A. Frisch and Sean Q. Kelly argue that in fact earmarks are good for American democracy. Using extensive interviews with Washington insiders and detailed examples they illustrate

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It has become part of US political convention to attack 'earmarks' - legislative provisions that direct funds to specific projects - as wasteful and corrupt. In this provocative book Scott A. Frisch and Sean Q. Kelly argue that in fact earmarks are good for American democracy. Using extensive interviews with Washington insiders and detailed examples they illustrate how earmark projects that were pilloried in fact responded to the legitimate needs of local communities, needs that would otherwise have gone unmet. They also demonstrate that media coverage of earmarks tends to be superficial and overly-dramatic. Cheese Factories on the Moon is a much-needed challenge to a widespread but deeply flawed 'consensus' about what is wrong with US congressional spending.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594517303
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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I'm a fan and am delighted to see such a book-at just the right moment in the debate about earmarks.

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