October 5, 2009 2:59PM

Cato Launches New Web Site Exposing Wasteful Government Spending

By Cato Editors

Did you know that the average American family spends $1,000 each year on the U.S. Department of Agriculture, whether or not it consumes that agency’s services? Or that the federal government annually spends $1,500 per household on net interest costs alone?

In an ongoing effort to shed light on runaway government spending and expose wasteful government programs, Cato launched a new Web site today that examines the federal budget department‐​by‐​department to see which agencies can be reformed or terminated. Down​siz​ing​Gov​ern​ment​.org describes which programs are wasteful, damaging and obsolete in an era of trillion‐​dollar deficits.

The research exposes that many public outlays—though vigorously defended by the politicians who created them and the constituencies they purport to help—are remarkably ineffective at achieving their core aims.

Here are just a few examples:

Appearing on CNBC Monday, Down​siz​ing​Gov​ern​ment​.com editor Chris Edwards explained more about the site:

Plus, keep track of where your tax dollars are going by following Down​siz​ing​Gov​ern​ment​.com on Twitter (@DownsizeTheFeds) and Facebook.