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Head Start: Another Costly Government Failure

kmoline Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 8:08 AM
If there were actually performance standards used to determine a program's value, a large percentage would be eliminated and we would no doubt have a balanced budget. But that's not the way things work in DC. It's all about the intentions not the results.

What’s more realistic: A unicorn, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or a successful government program?

This isn’t a trick question. Even though I’ve presented both theoretical and empirical arguments against government spending, that doesn’t mean every government program is a failure.

I suppose the answer depends on the definition of success.

Government roads do enable me to get from Virginia to Washington every day. And the Post Office usually gets mail from one side of the country to another. By that standard, many government programs and activities yield positive results.

But if the question is whether government achieves anything...

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