$410-Billion Omnibus Bill Includes Two Very ‘Fishy’ Pieces of Pork
(CNSNews.com) – The $410-billion omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2009 includes two very “fishy” pieces of pork.
Pinching the Wrong Pennies
By Ed FeulnerAcross the country, folks have been cutting back. Not here in Washington, though. Last month, Congress agreed to spend nearly a trillion dollars on “stimulus” and another $1.4 trillion on a pork-laden budget. But lawmakers did find one place to trim. They seem intent on canceling the District of Columbia’s Opportunity Scholarship program. That would “save” taxpayers a mere $14 million. This might be defensible if the vouchers these D.C. scholarships provide were an unpopular waste of money. But they’re not.
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“In Washington, one person’s waste is another person’s pork. Every dime spent by the federal government has well-connected advocates who swear the money is vital to the national interest. … It’s not that people in government aren’t as good or competent as those in the private sector (though that may be true). The difference lies in the incentives and feedback they face. Bureaucracies have little check on what they do, no bottom line, no market prices for their ‘output.’ What they do have is an incentive to spend all the money budgeted or risk getting less next year. As Milton Friedman used to say, no one spends other people’s money as carefully as he spends his own. It is absurd to think the humongous constellation of federal bureaucracies is going to identify and root out ‘waste’ in any significant way. It’s just not in the nature of the beast.” –ABC’s “20/20” co-anchor John Stossel