Monday, February 20, 2017

government “waste” doesn’t cost as much as people think

Trump’s Budget Bluff, by James Surowiecki, from The New Yorker

This doesn’t get said enough: the things people on the right call government waste (things like NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as well as others mentioned in the article) just don’t cost that much in the grand scheme. Welfare and food stamps are not as costly as people think. (I’ll add that food stamps do a lot to keep small business afloat, and keep the nation from wasting food. There should be a lot more spent on food stamps, really.)

I don’t particularly think we should cut defense spending (that employs a lot of people too), but if you want to cut spending that’s a good place to start.

Please read that attached article. Surowiecki is a good writer who in my view always comes with a strong economic argument. Rebuttals welcome too.

Posted by David Rhoden on 02/20 at 01:38 PM
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