Too big to succeed

Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W. Reed

04/01/09

In 1890, Americans were outraged that their House of Representatives in Washington spent a record billion dollars in just two years’ time. They punished the ‘Billion Dollar Congress’ in the elections that year by making the majority party the minority party, cutting its roster in the House by more than 90 seats. Think about that. The American people were mad as wet hens because Congress spent half a billion dollars in twelve months and then another half billion again the very next year. But the lawmakers of 1890 were skinflints compared to the porkers in Washington these days...

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