July 15, 2011 4:06PM

This Week in Government Failure

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

  • People here in Washington are now considering military spending cuts that they thought strategically unwise and politically impossible just a few years ago. And conservatives are joining in.
  • Federally funded spaceflight is the quintessential neoconservative project: a giant, wasteful crusade designed to fill Americans’ supposedly empty lives with meaning.
  • The Obama administration wants to send bureaucrats from federal agencies that are notorious for wasting other people’s money to help local bureaucrats do a more “efficient” job of spending other people’s money.
  • President Obama’s Fiscal Commission handed Republicans ready‐​made spending cuts on a silver platter — Republicans will never get better political cover for insisting on spending cuts than now.
  • $500 billion in cuts and a $500 billion debt increase would certainly be better than Senator McConnell’s chicken‐​out plan.

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