Randy T. Simmons is the Director of the Institute for Political Economy and Professor of Political Economy at Utah State University. Ryan M. Yonk is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southern Utah University and Director of the Institute of Policy Analysis. And Josh DeFriez is a researcher at the Institute of Political Economy.
Every fiscal crisis is an opportunity to play budget games. This week’s panicked attempts by Congress to deal with the sequester presents a special opportunity for federal agencies to remind the public just how addicted the agencies are to federal spending. These reactions are all part of a predictable pattern, from Leon Panetta crying out that America’s security will be placed at severe risk to the White House claiming that over 40,000 teaching jobs will be lost.