Coined from an 1863 story called “The Children of the Public,” pork-barrel spending referred to any public funds spent to benefit the public. Over time, the term has evolved, referring to projects seen as wasteful, or that may only benefit a small group but the costs are spread out between all taxpayers. Of course, often, one politician's pork is another politician's legitimate expense.
Here a selection of US "pork" projects from recent years:
Courtesy of Bob Weinstein
This infamous bridge, from Revillagigedo Island to Gravina Island in Alaska, would’ve cost $190 million and was sponsored by Republican Rep. Don Young in 2003. The project – intended to make travel to Ketchikan, Alaska’s airport easier with a bridge instead of a ferry – was so controversial it was eventually scrapped by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in 2007.
Source: Taxpayers for Common Sense
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