The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of...
Actually, Calvin Coolidge institued that policy. It was called the "2% Rule". Any government department that could cut their budget by 2%, got a bonus for the director and and all the employees. Of course, that was when the entire annual budget was a whopping $3 Billion, so even saving a little amount still meant something.
Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?
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