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Look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves


O.K, you can colour me lazy or, alternatively, shamefully uncommitted to the daily responsibilities of blogging. Whatever your view, I simply don’t have the patience or, frankly, the knowledge or interest in how pork-barrel politics works in the Deep South to précis this

It is Forbes magazine’s recent story of how a Louisiana senator ‘sold’ her vote in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’ ) in exchange for the guarantee of $200m in additional Medicaid funding for … Louisiana. It is the story of  how that $200m became – by a process of poor drafting and even poorer textual scrutiny – worth $4.3 BILLION.


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