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This Week in Government Failure

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

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This Week in Government Failure

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

Follow Downsizing the Federal Government on Twitter (@DownsizeTheFeds) and connect with us on Facebook.

This Week in Government Failure

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

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.

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.

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.

This Week in Government Failure

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