An insightful piece on The New York Times.com discussing Representative Darrell Issa’s plan to eliminate fraud and waste in the federal government as well as eliminating duplicative agencies, sub-agencies, and programs. I’ve heard all this before and won’t believe it until I see it.
If I take the Republican of California’s word for it, then he is on the right track, particularly when it comes to eliminating duplicative agencies and programs. He needs to solidify his framework for identifying areas to cut, however, unless he wants his attempts to degenerate into the witch hunts of the Clinton years.
Specifically, Issa needs to use the market failure standard for weaning out loser programs. In short, if these programs and agencies do not promote commerce or aid in reallocating national resources so that we increase our national output, they should be flat out eliminated.
One of the reasons that the Founding Fathers pursued a perfect union amongst the states was to increase commercial activity. We have gotten away from that and the bogus agencies we keep alive are indicative of that.