"The reason government spending is a disaster"

Short piece by John Crudele illustrates why it is so difficult to control government spending. If you try to micromanage--don't spend money on X--the bureaucrats will tend, as here, to redefine X

If, on the other hand, you just take a meat ax to the overall budget of an agency, the agency will respond by cutting the one or two most popular activities it undertakes, sometimes known as the "Washington Monument" strategy. (If you cut money going to the national parks, the Park Service threatens to close the Monument.)

Lesson #1: don't spend the money in the first place.

Lesson #2: if you did, you have to have a lot of guts, guile, and patience to cut.


"How the feds are letting germs run wild in hospitals"

If you lack things to worry about, try this.

Alarming new research shows one of the deadliest bugs, nicknamed CRE, is actually striking three times more patients than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us. One lesson from the war against AIDS: level with the public about the enormity of a problem if you want to start defeating it.

Yet government authorities are doing the opposite, helping hospitals conceal superbug outbreaks from the public and deliberately leaving infections off death certificates.

Or this: "Could North Korea Destroy the US?" (Not directly, but they could quite possibly destroy our electrical grid.)


"California high court sets stage for major pension ruling"

Nice piece to catch you up to date on the potential changes to government pensions in California.

Battle lines are drawn. The unions claim that state and local agencies may not reduce any pension benefits. Pension reformers – and the courts, in recent decisions – say that while a reasonable pension remains a right, that doesn’t stop localities from reducing some things. These cases deal with pension-spiking enhancements and the purchase of airtime – controversial and somewhat limited practices. But the future of pension reform is on the line.


"Hey, Kids! Let's Take A Trip Behind The Veil of Ignorance!"

I was aware that there are sharp criticisms of John Rawls's famed "Veil of Ignorance" thought experiment, but I didn't pay any attention: I have no patience for government design relying on abstractions rather than history. But Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry's piece is terrific fun to read. In a few hundred words he utterly eviscerates the use the Left has made of the idea.