This Week in Government Failure

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

  • Thanks to the postal unions, the U.S. Postal Service’s utilization of part-time workers is below UPS, FedEx, and its international counterparts.
  • Senate Republicans want agitated voters to view their support for a discretionary spending cap as evidence that the party is serious about out-of-control spending and deficits. But capping discretionary spending at the already exorbitant levels that Republicans helped reach isn’t exactly a big reform.
  • Republicans and Democrats are both guilty of abusing the “emergency” designation to ram through more spending.
  • HUD secretary Shaun Donovan calls public housing a “precious asset.” We’re not joking.
  • Does anyone think the White House economic team was going to produce estimates that didn’t show substantial job creation resulting from the stimulus?