Tag Archives: Government Shutdown

Why Government Shutdowns are Bad

I’d like to shrink the government and maybe even amputate a few limbs, but shutdowns are hardly a practical way to minimize bureaucracy–in fact they’re counterproductive.   Hitting a giant “pause” button on federal agencies won’t end the drug war or reform entitlements. A government shutdown doesn’t even save money. Back pay to furloughed federal employees read more »

In Praise of Piecemeal Budgeting: How the Government Shutdown Could Do Some Good (The Freeman)

On Tuesday I had to explain to several jubilant European friends of mine that the United States had not, in fact, called it quits and reverted to the status of a British protectorate. Neither were we calling it quits and capitulating to Fidel Castro. (Americans did not suffer from this misconception—most were too busy discussing read more »