Over at Downsizing the Federal Government, we focused on the following issues this week:
- Block-granting Medicaid would be a good short-term reform to get the program’s ballooning spending under control.
- Policymakers who are concerned with bureaucratic duplication and waste should focus their efforts on limiting the government’s capacity to spend.
- Federal spending would still increase in fiscal 2011 if Republicans get the $61 billion in funding cuts they're seeking.
- The solution to a lot of the problems caused by farm subsidies lies not in changing the direction of the programs, but in abolishing them.
- "Other mandatory" programs are often forgotten in the debate over how to rein in our extraordinary deficits and mounting debt. That needs to change.