Category Archives: Spending

Downsizing the Federal Government

You may have seen Cato’s excellent Downsizing the Federal Government project. They have just produced a series of quick-hit videos, each just a few minutes long, going over various federal departments’ excesses and offering reforms that would bring them back to earth—or abolish them outright. Each one is well worth watching:

Department of Agriculture

Department of Education

Health and Human Services

Department of Energy

Department of Labor

CEI Podcast for December 5, 2013: Ending Corporate Welfare

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Stephen Slivinski, a senior economist at the Goldwater Institute, discusses solutions to the seemingly intractable problem of corporate welfare.

CEI Podcast for October 10, 2013: CEI Files FOIA Requests Over Park Closures

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During the government shutdown, the National Park Service has barricaded and even closed numerous open-air memorials and parks – including, in some cases, privately owned parks. CEI has filed a series of Freedom of Information Act requests to find out who made the decisions and why. Senior Attorney and Counsel for Special Projects Hans Bader discusses the case.

CEI Podcast for October 3, 2013: The Federal Shutdown

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For the 17th time since 1976, the federal government has shut down over a partisan fiscal squabble. Vice President for Strategy Iain Murray gives his thoughts on how it happened, what the consequences will be, and what is at stake.

CEI Podcast for September 26, 2013: “The Cupboard Is Bare”

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On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi opposed the notion of federal spending cuts, saying that “The cupboard is bare” and “There’s no more cuts to make.” This not actually being the case, Senior Communications Director Brian McNicoll lists off a series of programs and departments that should be removed from the very full federal cupboard.

CEI Podcast for August 1, 2013: Is Washington the Next Detroit?

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Fellow in Technology and Entrepreneurship Bill Frezza sees parallels between Detroit’s recent bankruptcy and the federal government’s own fiscal problems. Fortunately, he sees a way out.

The Million-Dollar Bus Stop Breaks

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Arlington, Virginia recently caused a national stir when it built a $1 million bus stop. The prototype “super stop” was intended to be a model for future stops along Columbia Pike. The road has been a target for multiple redevelopment efforts, including a possible 19th-century-style streetcar running along a fixed route.

While the super stop does have a heated concrete floor, it is only partially enclosed, so it doesn’t shelter riders from wind. Riders also quickly found out that its rakishly angled roof doesn’t keep rain out.

Today, the video screen that displays bus arrival times stopped working. The current heatwave proved too much for it to take. A new cooling fan should arrive in the next two weeks. Until then, the super stop will be a bus stop like any other, unless it rains, or is windy. Then it will be worse than other stops.