As Harold Lasswell famously said, politics is who gets what, when, and how.
Interest groups mobilize for favors and protection, and are often met by
counter groups. Most of the time I'm not especially bothered by this;
it's the American way. Remember, the First Amendment allows petitions
for "redress of grievances." Some groups are just better at playing the
game than others.
So it is with more amusement than anger that I report to you that the
farm bill may become the venue for resolving a big fight between egg producers -- or should I say egg gatherers?
What we really need among our legislative and executive leaders are
people who can find ways to balance the competing claims on behalf of
the broader national interest. Regrettably, that runs counter to our
electoral system's incentives.