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Head Start: Another Costly Government Failure

Proud PA Hillbilly Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 4:58 AM
This was always a puzzle to me. I know a family whose 2 children were one of the first to enter this program. They were not really poor by my observation. I knew the father was employed as a US mailman, They sold much valuable lumber from their farm and a friend looked at the piles of logs and estimated it in the 6 figure category and now their farm recently sold for another 6 figures! By the way, the kids grew up to have good jobs and be productive member of society. One is a computer specialist and the other an accountant. However, you can't really attribute that to this government program because all the cousins of this family have done well, even including one with a doctorate.

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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