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LOGROLLING: A systematic exchange of votes by politicians to obtain approval of specific legislation. That is, Senator Grapht agrees to vote for Senator Brybe's pet project if Senator Brybe votes for Senator Grapht's favorite piece of legislation. Such logrolling can be explicit or implicit. The explicit kind involves two separate bills, in which each politician is forced to "go on record" with a vote. The implicit kind, which many politicians favor, is where several separate programs are wrapped into a single bill. Every politician can then tell the folks back home that they really only wanted the "one thing" that helped their constituencies the most, but had to vote for "other things" as well. Logrolling is big reason our government is big and prone to inefficiency.

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COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS: A three-member board that advises the President of the United States on economic policy and helps prepare an annual economic report. These three men are economists (they're usually, but not always men and usually, but not always, economists) who keep the President up to date on current economic statistics and do most of the dirty work in terms of formulating the details of economic policies. The Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors has one of the two most important non-elected voices on economic policy in the nation, with the other being the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

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An established method or way of performing an activity that is widely accepted throughout society. Institutions provide the rules, guidelines, and structure needed to carry out day-to-day economic activities, such as production, consumption, and exchange.

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