In CNN Opinion today, Reason Editor in
Chief Matt Welch
argues that, if anything, taxpayers worried about either the
economy or the nation’s long-term fiscal outlook. should fear that
the modest sequester trims don’t cut government nearly far enough.
As any ex-jock can tell you, any time you try exercising a
muscle that has gone unused for a decade or more, something
predictable happens: It barks like hell.
This is what we’re seeing in this last pathetic run-up to the
forced spending cuts agreed to by Congress and the president in
July 2011 [...]
No doubt there will be those who find such fear-mongering
persuasive. But for the rest of us, it suggests a rather pressing
and relevant question: Just what, precisely, did we get from
doubling the cost of the federal government between 2000 and
If the bureaucrats can’t produce an explanation for the price
increase of government, then they should not expect their budgets
to be rubber-stamped by an already suffering public.
Read the whole thing here.