Chris Edwards

Posted July 07, 2014

Posted July 05, 2014

The chart shows that the number of federal subsidy programs has almost doubled since 1990, reaching 2,282 today.

Posted June 23, 2014

A tragedy is unfolding in Texas as thousands of illegal immigrants are pouring over the southern border.

Posted June 09, 2014

The VA has one of the highest firing rates for this class of worker at 0.18 percent. But that’s still just 1 in 555 workers in 2013.

Posted May 26, 2014

President Bush promised that DHS would “improve efficiency without growing government.” Ha!

Posted May 12, 2014

Mad “asked readers to write FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to request an ‘Official Draft Dodger Card,’” and many did. Hoover was not amused.

Posted April 28, 2014

Here’s what nearly all media stories on this topic gloss over: the share of U.S. bridges that are structurally deficient has been falling steadily for more than two decades.

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.