Chris Edwards

Funding the FBI

The FBI has not been starved; its budget has grown rapidly. The chart,from DownsizingGovernment.org, shows that FBI spending in constant 2016 dollars has more than tripled since 1990, from $2.7 billion to $9.1 billion.

Big Brother and the Breast

WIC makes no sense. American pediatricians universally recommend breastfeeding, as do government health officials. Yet the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) runs a $6 billion subsidy program that induces mothers to use manufactured baby formula.

Federal Failure and Bureaucratic Layering

American businesses have become leaner in recent decades, with fewer layers of management. By contrast, New York University’s Paul Light has found that the number of management layers in federal government agencies has increased substantially.

Cut Federal Job Training Programs

The federal government has funded job training programs for decades, but they have never worked very well.

Junk Food Stamps

The government takes obesity so seriously that it funds a $78 billion program for people to buy any type of food they want at 250,000 retail stores nationwide. The program subsidizes 46 million people to buy items such as “soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream

Our Corrupt Navy

The Glenn Defense Marine scandal has exposed “a staggering degree of corruption within the Navy,” concludes Washington Post investigation.

Big Bureaucracies Beget Bad Behavior

One of the problems with big government is that it stimulates the worst sort of behavior from people and attracts legions of cheaters on the inside and outside.

Issa on the TSA: Privatize It

Rep. Darrell Issa proposes Cato-style aviation reforms in a CNN op-ed today.

Burt’s Bees and Bureaucracies

The Washington Post discusses an effort by a Maine philanthropist to donate 88,000 acres of land to the National Park Service (NPS). Showing good sense, Mainers are pushing back against the idea:

Airport Security Lines and Centralized Bureaucracy

The long security lines at some of the nation’s major airports in recent weeks have been nuts. Over and over, we have seen that it was a big mistake for the Bush administration and Congress to nationalize airport screening back in 2001.

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