Never thought I would agree with Hollywood, but I actually do. Do you remember the movie Independence Day? In one scene, the one where they are in the bunker in area 51. The older guy (Geoff Bloomberg's dad) said to the Presidents query as to where the money came from "do you really think that a toilet seat cost $600?"
There you have it in one line, and it was confirmed by all of the pork in the Sandy Relief Bill, that could have been reduced by billions but the just couldn't pass a clean Bill.