the whore house is an example of a synecdoche, of a part representing the whole- which is flawed simply because one cannot represent the whole in any system. Mistakes and exceptions happen. Also, pork is every localized project sponsored by the country- good and bad.
Hate to bring the FDR to the forums, but he was probably the lord of pork before the war- tried just about everything to get people jobs. He did okay, not really failing, but it was the war that finally hoisted us out. Now, I really don't want a big war, but the parallels are similar: Obama just needs to find a way out without WWIII.
Reforming healthcare and all the local projects are like taking out a huge loan to buy a house, or to go to college. Yeah, we're going to be in debt for 20 years now, but we have a place to live, or a chance to get a life.
"As I was walking up the stair
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today
I wish, I wish he'd stay away."