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What is the "free-rider problem"?
Individuals have a difficult time finding jobs during economic downturns.
Individuals do not bother to join an interest group because they receive the same benefits as the people who work to support the interest group.
Members of Congress do not try to learn much about the bills being introduced, as they normally vote in line with the platform of the party they belong to.
The Vice President does not normally campaign much during presidential elections, as he or she would simply be elected if their running mate is elected to the presidency.
Too many earmarks are placed on a bill.