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    is a normal method for authorizing significant adjustments to government spending. Just because one of the appropriations is for the military doesn't mean everything else in the bill is using it as a trojan horse.

    Having said which, there is a general problem that the normal work of government is often snarled in the political wrangling in Congress, requiring ferocious arm-twisting just to get the basics. Also there is the tendency of the Repubs (and indeed many Dems) to automatically approve of anything military, for fear of the tag of "unpatriotic" at the next election. And of course there is the tradition of inserting irrelevancies into otherwise focussed bills. None of these is desirable; but the fact that they are there means that any mechanism available will probably be used on any activity the government wants to undertake, support or encourage. So the fact that this mechanism is used, in this case for loan guarantees (not loans) for the infrastructure project of nuclear power plant construction, is not a reflection on the worthiness or otherwise of that particular project.

    This is not a sig-line.

    by Joffan on Wed May 26, 2010 at 06:48:38 AM PDT

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