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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:

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:

  • Could the results of the November elections be a nail in the Obama administration’s high-speed rail coffin? Let’s hope.
  • The U.S. Postal Service can’t afford its unions.
  • A new study finds that federal and state governments have wasted billions of dollars on subsidies for students who didn’t make it past their first year in college.
  • The Obama administration’s plan to fix Head Start with some bureaucratic tinkering is not “almost enough to restore a person’s faith in the federal government.”
  • Now is a good time to get rid of farm subsidies.

Note: Chris Edwards will be discussing Downsizing Government on Fox News’ Special Report With Bret Baier on Monday @ 6:00 PM EST.

This Week in Government Failure

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

  • The variation in welfare enrollment among the states points to the desirability of handing off all responsibility for anti-poverty programs to the states.
  • A recent stack of audits is a reminder of the bureaucratic bungling that comes with government programs, particularly at HUD.
  • Instead of spreading transportation subsidies across every form of transportation, the federal government should cease with the seemingly endless interventions and allow free individuals to figure out what makes the most sense.
  • We celebrate the beginning of hockey season with a look at fiscal policy north of the border. First, the Canadian economy boomed during the 1990s and 2000s as government spending was dramatically reduced. Second, the Canadian experience illustrates that a lot of progress can be made if even modest cuts are implemented and then spending is constrained so that it grows at a slower rate than the overall economy.

This Week in Government Failure

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

  • With the release of its “Pledge to America,” House Republicans largely fell back on limited government platitudes.
  • Are subsidized child care services being provided by sex offenders? Apparently, nobody knows.
  • Head Start has a fraud problem. And by the way, the program doesn’t work.
  • The U.S. Postal Service’s latest financial woes are a reminder that Congress should start focusing its attention on getting the government out of the mail business once and for all.
  • Liberals and libertarians agree: it’s nonsense to suggest that a little belt-tightening and reductions in wasteful government spending will solve our fiscal problems.

This Week in Government Failure

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

  • There’s more corruption at Amtrak, but Congress probably won’t hold any “show trials” for Amtrak management since it’s not a private business.
  • A new study find that the government’s “cash for clunkers” program had no long-run effect on auto purchases. It’s hard to believe this clunker of a program still has defenders.
  • Federal payments to individuals as a share of the economy has reached an all-time high after 70 years of steady growth. Unfortunately, all those free lunches aren’t actually “free.”
  • The battle over the administration’s plan for a national system of high-speed rail is heating up.
  • The head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency throws cold water on the horrible idea of having the federal government explicitly back most mortgages.