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Reforming Delivery
Italy Drifts from Spending Goals
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  • rheddles

    The author needs to learn that government has always been a wasteful and meglomaniacal affair. That is why our founders tried to limit it. If that’s the agenda, it would electrify voters. Perhaps repeal of the 16th amendment?

    • Andrew Allison

      Not sure that it would help much — there’s as much corruption and crony-capitalism in the States. I think the only solution is to starve the beast — an across-the-board cut in spending with everybody being hurt equally and no exceptions might do the trick. I fear though that our elected officials, right and left, will continue spending money they don’t have until they can’t borrow more.

      • rheddles

        I was talking about the States. Repealing the 16th amendment would starve the beast.

    • circleglider

      Mead would rather mimic Frank Underwood and promise the impossible.

  • Andrew Allison

    It’s refreshing to see WRM point out that the US is in the same unsustainable deficit spending boat as Italy. There’s a reform test case on the horizon in the US: all three announced Republican candidates for President have roots in the Tea Party. It will be interesting to see what happens.

  • jaytrain

    The good news for Italy is that much of the nation’s debt , over 70% , is held in Italy . The bad news for the US is that much of our debt is held our enemies , actual or potential , the Chinese .

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    It’s stupid to blame the right for crony capitalism when the leftists are at least as deeply in bed with them. It is also stupid to blame the right for government inefficiency since the government monopoly has always been and will always be inefficient. The government monopoly suffers from the same disease that all monopolies suffer from, the lack of the “Feedback of Competition”. It is the “Feedback of Competition” that forces continuous improvements in Quality, Service, and Price in free markets, and is therefore responsible for most of mankind’s advancement.

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