Over at Downsizing the Federal Government, we focused on the following issues this week:
- HUD community development programs illustrate what happens when the federal government severs the relationship between local officials and local taxpayers.
- Republicans should package their spending reforms as worth undertaking even if the government had a surplus.
- The sclerosis at the U.S. Postal Service is a reflection of the sclerosis in Congress.
- Promises to hold down future discretionary spending levels and partial program trims are not real spending cuts.
- The president's high-speed rail plan is probably dead. Unfortunately, fiscal federalism isn't faring much better.