The chart shows that the number of federal subsidy programs has almost doubled since 1990, reaching 2,282 today.
A tragedy is unfolding in Texas as thousands of illegal immigrants are pouring over the southern border.
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.
President Bush promised that DHS would “improve efficiency without growing government.” Ha!
Mad “asked readers to write FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to request an ‘Official Draft Dodger Card,’” and many did. Hoover was not amused.
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.
The problem is not just that programs such as Medicare keep growing, but also that Congress keeps adding new programs.
Congress should pursue major tax reforms that not only unshackle the economy but also expand our civil liberties.
Total spending was restrained in Bush’s first term, but then rose quite rapidly in his second term.
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.
If anything can go wrong in government, it will go wrong—and we’re all paying for it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The political establishment is trying to haze fiscal conservatives in Congress. End the shutdown, they say, and allow President Obama to administer the paddle.
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.
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