Pork is going to happen whether you have big taxation, small taxation or the more likely appropriate middling taxation. It's going to happen whether you have taxation on the wealthy or the middle-class or some level of mix. In almost all cases the root cause of pork is because individual representatives are corrupt. When an item is attached to a bill that is genuinely needed that item is not pork. So a rehab center in the rural midwest is not pork. Lots of people were hooked in the opioid crisis and lots of them live in areas too poor to naturally fund a rehab center - often the reason that they wound up on opioids in the first place. Putting a rehab center there with state or federal funds is a good use of taxpayer money because who wants a bunch of dying addicts living in an area too poor to help them recover? However an item that adds funds to benefit local granaries in the same region, making them profit at the same level a casino would, on the theory that you need granaries and casinos have made them unattractive investments, is pure hogwash guaranteed to milk the taxpayer to put money in a very small percentage of already wealthy pockets. The answer is to stop supporting casinos with federal and state money - which just tilts the scale towards them and makes granaries an unattractive investment in the process.