Chris Edwards

Posted April 21, 2014

The problem is not just that programs such as Medicare keep growing, but also that Congress keeps adding new programs.

Posted April 14, 2014

Congress should pursue major tax reforms that not only unshackle the economy but also expand our civil liberties.

Posted April 13, 2014

Total spending was restrained in Bush’s first term, but then rose quite rapidly in his second term.

Posted April 07, 2014

The aims of federal policies have gyrated wildly over two centuries, and most policies have failed, as is evident from the poor economic conditions on many reservations.

Posted March 30, 2014

If anything can go wrong in government, it will go wrong—and we’re all paying for it.

Posted March 24, 2014

The cost of the federal spy budget used to be secret, which was a bizarre thing for a government that is supposed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Posted March 02, 2014

The best reform would be a complete repeal of the NFIP, but in the meantime the 2012 law was a good start at reducing the program’s costs and distortions.

Posted December 29, 2013

Other than providing generous pay and fat pensions, many federal agencies are not great places to work, according to federal employees themselves on a new survey.

Posted December 16, 2013

The deal raises spending $63 billion in 2014 and 2015, split between defense and nondefense programs. That is a lot of money even by Washington standards, and it effectively guts the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Posted December 02, 2013

The GAO routinely finds waste in programs, but it usually just proposes ways to fix them — so the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques program must be really lame. The GAO finds no “scientifically validated evidence” for the $200 million program, and it says that TSA deployed it before even doing a cost-benefit analysis.

Posted October 21, 2013

I fear that the focus of leaders in both parties has now turned to how much more spending they can get away with by junking the budget limits set in current law.

Posted October 14, 2013

The political establishment is trying to haze fiscal conservatives in Congress. End the shutdown, they say, and allow President Obama to administer the paddle.

Posted October 06, 2013

Unlike a product in the marketplace that improves over time — like the century-old automobile — the government’s income tax has become ever more inefficient and damaging.

Posted September 24, 2013

The following two charts show that spending and debt are already at remarkably high levels for peacetime, and CBO projections to 2050 show the situation getting much worse.

Posted July 29, 2013

Property taxes are a major relocation driver, not just for homeowners, but also for businesses.

Posted July 08, 2013

If you look at the history of the oldest federal agencies—such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Corps of Engineers—you will find scandals, mismanagement, and cost overruns from the the beginning.

Posted July 05, 2013

The folly of monopoly unionism (“collective bargaining”) in government is most evident when labor unions strike.

Posted June 25, 2013

It’s a good thing that the farm bill failed to pass the House, but it is disturbing that about three-quarters of Republicans voted in favor of this massive spending bill.

Posted May 27, 2013

there is an elephant in the room that the many reporters and politicians blustering over the issue have been too ideologically blind to see: There is no obvious harm being done by today’s corporate tax avoidance.

Posted May 26, 2013

Note that it is the firing rate of poor performers that is especially low in the federal government, meaning workers who are lazy or produce poor work. One barrier to their firing is that managers often give these workers good performance reviews because they don’t want to rock the boat.