Sunday, February 15, 2009

Government Shopping Shakedown

Well, so far the stimulus bill has not impressed me. I trust the CBO (for no real reason) in its analysis that the stimulus bill is only somewhat needed and is not the best fix, will do long term harm, and has hidden costs.

It's also simply too big and too much big-government.

But two articles have given me some new hope that the stimulus bill will have some hidden benefits as well. Appropriate first steps towards dealing with the Entitlement Crisis would be restructuring government agencies and bringing to the forefront of public debate a discussion about the future of welfare. I expect that if the stimulus bill does both of these it will have been sufficiently effective, no matter where its monetary assistance goes.

UPDATE: Added the two "big-government" links.

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