by Robert Maynard
One of the most distasteful practices by politicians in Washington D.C. is to load a bill up with provisions that have nothing to do with the actual bill itself. The practice is known as pork barrel politics and it is a way to bribe politicians into voting for a piece of legislation that they would not normally vote for. In exchange for his/her vote, the politician gets a piece of legislation added to the bill that probably would not pass on its own merits. The process also gets additional support for the original piece of legislation, which might not have passed on its own merit. This is one reason why there is a proliferation of bad laws coming out of Washington D.C.
The latest example of such chicanery is the current immigration bill making its way through the U.S. Senate. The star of this sordid drama is our own Senator Bernie Sanders. He was opposed to the immigration reform bill because he claimed that it would damage U.S. job prospects among young workers. In exchange for his support, a provision was added to the bill that “”could be used to give free cars, motorcycles, scooters or other vehicles to young people around the country over a period of 15 months after the bill passes.”
The following excerpt is from a Breitbart News article:
Breitbart News has learned there is a provision included in the immigration bill that could be used to give free cars, motorcycles, scooters or other vehicles to young people around the country over a period of 15 months after the bill passes. The new provision is a result of the latest addition to the Corker-Hoeven amendment, which is essentially an entirely new version of the bill.
The Washington Examiner’s Byron York uncovered the new Obama stimulus program that Gang of Eight members and other Senate Republicans inserted into the bill as a sweetheart deal for liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The left leaning Senator was previously critical of the legislation.
“The original Gang bill ended with a section designated Title IV, which was headlined REFORMS TO NON-IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAMS,” York wrote on Sunday. “The Hoeven-Corker version of the bill added a Title V, with the headline JOBS FOR YOUTH. The measure would provide $1.5 billion in the next two years to provide jobs for Americans between the ages of 16 and 24. It was originally pushed by Democratic Sen. Bernard Sanders, who wanted to come to the aid of young workers who were ‘hard hit by the Wall Street-caused recession.’ Now, Sanders says immigration reform will further damage youth job prospects.”
A provision under that new stimulus program title allows for the use of spending the taxpayer money on the program to provide transportation for youth to and from their jobs.
If Bernie really is concerned about the employment prospects of young Americans, he would better serve this goal by supporting a pro-growth economic policy that included getting a handle on run away federal spending. Instead, he simply ads to the problem of pork barrow politics.