If not for the Louisianan Purchase, the Nebraska Cornhusker Kickback, and Gatorade, Obmacare would have never gotten the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate. We have Obamacare because some Senators were willing to exchange their vote for a sweetheart deal for their state.
In the bill to end the government shutdown and avoid default, Mitch McConnell got a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project to increase funding for the Olmsted Dam Lock in Paducah, Kentucky. I don't criticize McConnell for supporting the deal that ended the shutdown and extended for three months the debt limit. We went to the brink of a economic disaster and while Republicans didn't get much, what they got was the best deal they were going to get. It was time to vote to end the crisis. So while I do not criticize Republicans who voted to end the crisis and avoid a disaster, McConnell accepting a $3 billion earmark for Kentucky sure look like a deal. It smells. It is things like this that breed cynicism and contempt for government and make people wonder if everyone is not for sale.