Utah State University

The Politics of “Need”

How Washington makes things look worse than they really are

By Randy Simmons and Ryan Yonk

Every fiscal crisis is an opportunity to play budget games. This week’s panicked attempts by Congress to deal with the sequester presents a special opportunity for federal agencies to remind the public just how addicted the agencies are to federal spending. These reactions are all part of a predictable pattern, from Leon Panetta crying out that America’s security will be placed at severe risk to the White House claiming that 15,000 defense industry jobs will be lost in Utah alone.

Government agencies create public demand by scaring people into imagining a world without their services. It’s nothing new—this “Washington Monument Strategy” has been in play for over fifty years… READ FULL ARTICLE AT TOWNHALL


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