Sam Smith - The way they used to get things passed in Congress was to, when necessary, throw in a little pork (aka earmarks). It wasn't always pretty but it got things done. After all a bridge to nowhere is better than a budget of next to nothing. The other day a Rhode Island friend told me of the reaction of his senator, the late John Pastore (about as pragmatic as they get), when a constituent suggested they do away with congressional pork. Pastore's reply: "My boy, you're fiddlin' with the balls of the universe."