What do you do if you can't pass a stinker of a bill opposed by the vast majority of Americans? No, you don't try and fix it; you just dress it up with some pork-barrel spending designed to appear to individual lawmakers who voted against it initially. Among the brazen "tax dollars for votes" schemes are excise tax exemptions for wooden arrows and tax breaks for beneficiaries of the Exxon Valdez settlement.
Unsurprisingly, nobody is talking about how much these provisions will cost or how they will be paid for. I'm hopeful that these issues will cause even more "no" votes than before and send this thing packing for good. Sounds like we need to do the same for some of our members of Congress.