A Plan To End Failed Federal Programs

October 14, 2010 05:42

Many Americans are noticing a fundamental disconnect in American life between the amount of resources consumed by government — including an $814 billion stimulus, a $3.5 trillion budget and a $13.5 trillion national debt — and the lack of results delivered to the taxpayers.

By REP. DARRELL ISSA at IBD Editorials


Since the president took office, the economy has lost more than 2.5 million jobs and unemployment today stands at 9.6% and rising.

For example, despite the president’s inaugural promise to end inefficient federal programs, he proposed just $17 billion in cuts for 2010. Congress, however, agreed to cut only $6.8 billion, less than one-fifth of one percent of the entire federal budget.

So why are taxpayers not seeing better returns for their money? Quite simply, Congress rarely uses the publicly-available information about federal program performance when allocating taxpayer funds.

Failing federal programs must end, and to achieve this goal Washington needs to change the fundamental incentives facing politicians and special interest groups.

Through the establishment of a nonpartisan, independent commission to evaluate federal programs and eliminate failing and redundant programs, we can begin the long road back to efficient, effective government and fiscal sanity.


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