The complicated nature of American agricultural policy is not just an example of poor draftsmanship or an object lesson in the vagaries of logrolling, it is a boon to those who are the direct beneficiaries.
This strategy succeeded with NAFTA, though barely: once the American public began to learn what was in the agreement, the Clinton White House and NAFTA proponents in Congress had to resort to all-out deception, bribery, and political arm-twisting and logrolling to push it through.
As Professor Millard Ruud explains, "[t]he primary and universally recognized purpose of the one-subject rule is to prevent logrolling in the enactment of laws--the practice of several minorities combining their several proposals as different provisions of a single bill and thus consolidating their votes so that a majority is obtained for the omnibus bill where perhaps no single proposal of each minority could have obtained majority approval separately.
9) One of the ways in which the already rich can serve the poor is to work to ensure that our trade with poor countries really is free--free from political logrolling by politicians desperate for votes, free from opportunistic lobbying by industries such as US sugar and cotton, and free from the harm to the global poor that well-intentioned rich Northerners like us can sometimes bring.
In part, the poor quality of many of the standards resulted from the process of setting them: states tried to get buy-in from as many people as possible, so the standards either ended up watered down to please everyone or reflected logrolling (I'll take your standard if you take mine).
I think it is crystal clear that the Legislature engaged in the prohibited practice of logrolling when it included [the provision] which increases the maximum rate of interest that may be charged on loans and contracts," Corbin wrote, saying it violated the law that allows legislators to send only three items to the ballot at the same time.