"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money."
-- (attributed to) Everett Dirksen
The U.S. House of Representatives understands the axiom very well, and today voted 316-109 to authorize another $2 billion for the "Cash for Clunkers" program.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, 1st District, voted "nay."
In the same House session, lawmakers approved, 237 - 185, limits on executive pay at major corporations, allowing shareholders to vote on executive compensation (although those votes would be non-binding).
Ryan again voted "nay."