Saturday, April 13, 2013

(Related Update): What? The Federal Gov't. is wasteful, inefficient, and incompetent? Say it ain't so....

Related Update: Here's an article correctly pointing out that while attention directed at identifying, exposing, and ultimately reducing government waste is worthwhile, we should keep in mind that the more important consideration is the ultimate cause of the situation.  And that is that our federal government is involved in too many aspects of our lives and becomes large, inefficient, and corrupt as a consequence.  In other words, the real problem is not government waste per se, it's government size.  As the Founders understood, government should be severly limited in the scope of its functions.  As Tad Dehaven, author of the article states:
I’m not suggesting that government waste should be ignored. Indeed, examples of waste should be held up as reasons to terminate entire government agencies and programs. But I believe that a myopic fixation on “eliminating duplication and waste” is itself a waste. That’s because duplication and waste are merely symptoms of the real problem of big government.
You can find the article here.

Original Post:  When I ran across this article yesterday I thought it would make a good post.  And indeed it does:
The government has 76 programs to treat drug abuse spread across 15 different agencies. It has 47 programs for job training. And there are three federal agencies that inspect catfish. These are among the findings in a new Government Accountability Office report that found 162 areas where services are duplicated or money is being wasted in the federal government. The annual cost of duplicative or wasteful programs is estimated at roughly $250 billion, according to fiscal hawk Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. 
It also reminded me of an article from last year by Dan Mitchell that had a horrific diagram of all the regulations business owners have to deal with.  So after searching for a while, I found it.  Here's the diagram I'm referring to:

In addition to violating individual rights, about the only thing governments are really good at is creating and maintaining bureaucracy.  Their tool is, of course, red tape.  So when you read about duplicate programs, redundant agencies, and wasted spending by governments, you shouldn't be surprised: it's the nature of the beast.

BTW, Mitchell's article is excellent and worth the read.  Find it here.