Pork barrel legislation refers to laws that are passed for projects that are so specialized that they don't serve the interests of the common citizen; generally, the laws are enacted as a way to keep resources or money in a local district and are promoted by that district's representatives. Pork barrel spending is usually heatedly discussed during election debates, due to the covert way that it is typically disguised inside other pieces of legislation.Continue Reading
Pork barrel spending is often used as a tactic to win re-election. For example, a legislator might jockey to pass a bill that has earmarked funds hidden in its language that keeps an obsolete military installation open because it's a popular wish of the people he or she represents.
One alleged pork barrel project in Massachusetts features relocating a 3.5-mile stretch of highway underground. The project, which is referred to as the "Big Dig," cost U.S. taxpayers $14.6 billion to complete, The tunnel was deemed unnecessary by many detractors of the project.
Perhaps more well-known is Alaska's "Bridge to Nowhere," which was proposed to provide a bridge to Gravina Island, home to 50 residents, at a cost of $398 million. Some pork barrel spending borders on the absurd, including $84,000 appropriated to study why people fall in love and $1 million to study why people do not ride bikes to work.Learn more about Branches of Government
An easy way to find your state representative's contact information is to go to your state legislature's website and use its directory to look up the representative for your district. You can also call your county registrar or other election agency and ask for assistance with contacting your representative.Full Answer >
Pork is healthy to consume when it is cut lean and prepared with healthy oils, such as olive oil. Healthy lean cuts of pork include sirloin roast, tenderloin and loin chops. Pork consumed in moderation can help an individual to increase protein intake, raise energy levels and boost metabolism.Full Answer >
Pork has gone bad when the color changes from pink to brown (or gray) and starts to have a sour smell. When this happens, safely discard the pork.Full Answer >
Pork reheats safely in both microwave and conventional ovens. It is important to reheat pork to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit to destroy microorganisms and make it safe for consumption.Full Answer >