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.