The zombie second engine represents just one example of an all-too-familiar phenomenon: No member of Congress, no matter how dedicated a budget hawk, can vote against funding weapons programs that provide jobs in his or her district — at least, not if they care about getting re-elected. The engine project crosses party lines. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a left-wing Democrat, and House Speaker John Boehner, a conservative Republican, both back the project. Ensuring the continued development of the second engine prompted Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, both Republicans, to jettison their usual rhetoric about reform and fiscal responsibility in order to support the project. Their actions represent a wider trend.