The Budget and the Republicans
A little wanton money, which burned out the bottom of his purse.
-- Sir Thomas More, Works [c. 1535]
Five hundred million dollars seems like a lot until one realizes that it's only a small part of an approximately $3.6 trillion dollar budget and viewed in that light it's hardly worth mentioning except in a column such as this. It is also a testimonial to the endurance of earmarks.