Even in the best of times, government bureaucracies are cumbersome and indifferent. Now that they are required to respond to rapidly changing circumstances, when the rules and red tape should be simplified and cut to meet pressing needs?
With Congress debating a $1 trillion (or larger) fiscal stimulus measure that includes direct payments to individuals, loans to companies, state and local governments, and much more, the obvious question is: will any of it work?
One item environmentalists hate almost as much as they do the internal combustion engine is the humble plastic bag. They shouldn't be so harsh on those bags, because as John Teirney argues in the Wall Street Journal, they actually help the environment: