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|Good or bad, lawmakers are supposed to "bring home the pork." Over the years, though, it has gotten really out of hand. It's difficult to provide an easy answer to the questions. Ideally, each project should be able to stand on its own. We know that's not how it works, though. I suspect this project was one of those "last minute" add-ons to the bill--ensuring that it would get funded. Does that make it right? Probably not. Obtaining private foundation funding for historical projects is quite difficult. The "pie" isn't very large and there are lots of grant applications competing for that "slice of the pie."