What's worse than pork barrel spending itself is the refusal of most lawmakers to transfer money from unnecessary projects to programs that can help people in need.
Mark Tapscott has details of Senator Tom Coburn's unsuccessful effort to fund the AIDS Drug Assistance Program with money that had been earmarked for a Japanese Garden at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
Japanese gardens for the CDC bureaucrats in Atlanta. Slow, painful, unnecessary death for people with HIV. That's what we get with pork.