What I love about this particular column is this paragraph:
It will have to take on what you might call the lobbyist ethos — the righteous conviction held by everybody from AARP to the agribusinesses that their groups are entitled to every possible appropriation, regardless of the larger public cost. It will have to take on the self-indulgent popular demand for low taxes and high spending.
There are other good ones. I just happen to like this one a lot. Mostly because commercial farm subsidies piss me off.