August 6, 2010 5:34PM

This Week in Government Failure

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

  • You know that California city that recently made national headlines because local government officials were collecting massive six‐​figure salaries? It turns out that the city has received millions of dollars in federal subsidies over the past five years.
  • Money‐​losing Amtrak plans to purchase 130 rail cars for its money‐​losing trains. Ah, government rail.
  • Voters who are expecting a new Republican congressional majority to downsize government might not want to hold their breath.
  • Federal highway financing and control should be devolved to the states and, even better, the private sector.
  • The latest federal bailout isn’t about “America’s children” as White House demagogues claim. Children shouldn’t trust strangers with candy — or Uncle Sam.

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