Here, via the Washington Post, is a partial list of those whose pork was preserved by the “fiscal cliff” legislation that passed Congress:
Puerto Rican rum distillers
Hollywood studios (what a surprise)
Tribal lands coal
Electric scooter makers
The wind-energy industry
Wouldn’t it have been nice if the House had passed an amended version of the Senate bill that eliminated the pork? Harry Reid’s Senate would then have had to decide whether to send the nation over the dreaded cliff in the name of preserving pork.
No such amended bill could have passed the House. Most House Republicans would not have voted for it because of the tax increases. And House Democrats would not have supplied votes for an amended bill because Harry Reid had demanded no amendments.
It would have been nice, though.