Rich Galen

I am not, as you know, the poster child for Conservative thought in the United States. The last guy who asked me for political and/sor policy advice was Fred Thompson and you saw how well that turned out for him.

But, I am correct about this: It is a matter of score-keeping.

We cannot continue to score everything based upon the amount of money we are spending. We must begin keeping score based upon how well - or badly - a program is doing whatever it was designed to do.

It would be as if Major League Baseball games were decided on which side used up more baseballs during the course of the game, rather than which side scored more runs.

We have become so enamored with "process" that we have learned to completely ignore the outcome.

The simple question every taxpayer should ask of every program he or she is paying for is: Is it working?

If it's not; redesign it, replace it, or cut it.

I have not read the Ryan budget and I don't think (not withstanding my three hours on the Penn campus) I would understand it if I did. But, I do know this: We can't afford to fund failed programs. We need to design new programs to help the people who need it.

We have to change the way we keep score.

Happy Easter or Happy Passover if either suits. Reach out to your family.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at