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• Illustrate how earmark projects that were highly pilloried responded to the needs of local communities that would otherwise go unaddressed by unelected bureaucrats.
• Demonstrate how the “selfish” motives of members of Congress can produce spending that benefits the nation.
• Argue that lobbyists—far from corrupting the earmark process—provide valuable services to groups seeking earmarked funds, and help members of Congress and their staff navigate the appropriations process.
• Take a critical look at media coverage of earmarks and argue that trends in media coverage lead to superficial and hyper-dramatic coverage of the earmark process.
• Explain why the number of earmarks has surged over the last fifteen years.
• Assess recent reforms in Congress and explain why recent reforms aimed at increasing transparency will not result in greater public trust.
Cheese Factories on the Moon is a much-needed challenge to a widespread but deeply flawed “consensus” about what is wrong with congressional appropriations earmarks.
Please visit the authors' website here: Cheese Factories on the Moon
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