Why is it so hard to eliminate pork-barrel legislation?

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It is difficult to eliminate pork barrel spending for two main reasons.  First, many people have strong incentives to support pork barrel spending.  Second, essentially no one has strong incentives to oppose it.

Pork barrel spending brings real benefits to various people.  The representatives who win pork for their districts improve their standing in the eyes of their constituents and become more likely to...

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