Politicians: Hopelessly Naïve about Government

Sadly so are many of the people who vote for these politicians.

Government is not your friend folks. It is at best, at best, a necessary evil. And many would argue that government isn’t even that necessary. (At least in the way most people think of government.)

(From CATO)

There are numerous causes of federal government expansion, including special-interest pressures and the ability to borrow-and-spend endlessly.

Another cause was highlighted in a recent story about a Bush-Obama education program: politicians are excessively optimistic and hopelessly naïve about their ability to solve society’s problems top-down from Washington.

Neal McCluskey mentioned the failure of the School Improvement Grant program the other day, but I wanted to highlight the Washington Post summary because this is such a classic failure:

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