Often, as Barry Kauffman of Common Cause points out, legislative leaders use WAMs to get rank and file members to vote a certain way.
The Governor’s office defends WAMs as crucial to economic development (see AP article on the failure of corporate welfare to “create jobs”).
Responding to its critics, Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo said, “That’s the way they [the Commonwealth Foundation] look at all government spending that they consider nonessential, and they consider virtually all government spending nonessential.”
Well, we certainly consider handouts to politically selected companies as “nonessential” uses of taxpayer’s money. I guess we are cold and heartless in that way, but its better than being called imbeciles.