March 18, 2011 5:07PM

This Week in Government Failure

Over at Downsizing the Federal Government, we focused on the following issues this week:

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March 11, 2011 10:18AM

This Week in Government Failure

Over at Downsizing the Federal Government, we focused on the following issues this week:

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February 18, 2011 2:36PM

This Week in Government Failure

Over at Downsizing Government, we focused on the following issues this week:

February 11, 2011 2:22PM

This Week in Government Failure

Over at Downsizing Government, we focused on the following issues this week:

  • Another example of cost overruns and mismanagement in government.  This time it's the National Archives.
  • President Obama will release his budget blueprint for fiscal 2012 next week. If an op-ed penned by his budget director is any indication, the administration intends to continue fiddling while the government’s finances burn.
  • End, don't mend, the dozens of wasteful federal job training programs.
  • With House Republicans and the White House proposing tiny cuts, get ready for a barrage of slasher stories in the press. Readers are invited to submit the best (worst?) "slasher story" they come across.
  • Vice President Joe Biden's recent pitch for high-speed rail brings to mind the classic Simpsons episode in which a con-man convinces the town’s residents to waste money on an exciting-sounding high-speed train that turns out to be a boondoggle. Watch the clip and judge for yourself.
January 28, 2011 11:19AM

This Week in Government Failure

Over at Downsizing Government, we focused on the following issues this week:

  • Republican conservatives in the House propose spending cuts.
  • Government health care in 1798.
  • The president's decision to ignore the need for Social Security reform brings to mind a song from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Freezing nondefense discretionary spending at the levels specified or implied by Republicans and Democrats is only a start toward needed reforms in the federal budget.
  • The U.S. Postal Service needs to adjust to the times, but congressional meddling makes the task nearly impossible.
January 21, 2011 2:50PM

This Week in Government Failure

Over at Downsizing the Federal Government, we focused on the following issues this week:

  • It should be clear that we, as a society, would be better off abandoning efforts to socially engineer a specific homeownership rate, either for the population in general or by racial group.
  • The GOP should insist on the $100 billion in initial cuts they promised, and also demand passage of a legal cap on overall federal spending.
  • Perhaps we should start calling farm subsidies "landowner subsidies."
  • How much money do federal taxpayers lose to food stamp fraud each year? Nobody really knows.
  • A new House rule requires members of the 112th Congress to cite specific constitutional authority when introducing any new bill or program. A brief summary of how the General Welfare, Commerce, and Necessary and Proper Clauses was understood by the Framers is in order.
January 14, 2011 2:36PM

This Week in Government Failure

Over at Downsizing Government, we focused on the following issues this week: