curi42 (7:14:17 PM): well i think pet projects shouldn't be allowed if author doesn't know how many ball bearings we used last year.
curi42 (7:14:47 PM): how does he know we need his pet project more than extra ball bearing production?
curi42 (7:15:04 PM): his project being *good* isn't enough. it needs to be better than alternate uses of the funding.
this is a major reason taxes suck. if they just left us our money, we'd get the stuff we thought was important. and all our combined knowledge about what was important would go into money distribution. but instead a few people who've only even heard of a few ways to spend money get to spend giant sums on their pet projects.