Pork, whether it's negotiated for or not, is pork. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is desperate to get his necessary votes for his health care bill to make it onto the floor of the Senate and be passed on Saturday. In order to get all his democratic senators in lock-step, he has decided to resort to bribery. According to Bloomberg.com, "Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D), one of three lawmakers being wooed by Senate Democratic leaders to back health-care legislation, won the inclusion of an extra $100 million in federal aid for low-income people in her state."
Was the same consideration given to the Arkansas Senator, Blanche Lincoln? No, not that has been made known yet anyway. However, it's bribery to include such "favors" in turn for a single vote needed on Reid's "pet project" -- and it's pork! More importantly it's wrong. PLUS it's plain stupid to make it so very obvious!
The American people have finally become aware of the shenanigans that go on in Washington all the time. This type of behavior is so commonplace that all the players in Congress simply ignore it, turn blind eyes to it and consider it usual legislative activity, but it's appalling to ordinary citizens. However, Americans aren't likely to grow numb to the "pay to play" tactics or the bribery tactics that the House and Senate are using routinely, because they know that if normal American citizens conducted their businesses and personal dealings in like manner, they'd be imprisoned for bribery and other felonies.
Why won't the politicians wake up to the fact that their constituents are onto their games, and it's not going to be "politics as usual" anymore. Politics isn't the same as it used to be. Americans are more educated, becoming more involved in government, and demanding accountability from their representatives. If Congress members don't wake up to that fact, then perhaps in 2010 and 2012, when corrupted House and Senate members are removed from the premises, they'll finally understand that Americans really are mad as hell and not going to take it any more!