Big government

Was the Houston Disaster Man-Made?

Featured image Hurricane Harvey wasn’t man-made, obviously, but the scale of the destruction was, in large part, an unintended consequence of government policy. Michael Grunwald reports at Politico: “How Washington Made Harvey Worse.” Nearly two decades before the storm’s historic assault on homes and businesses along the Gulf Coast of Texas this week, the National Wildlife Federation released a groundbreaking report about the United States government’s dysfunctional flood insurance program, demonstrating how »

Student Loan Defaults Skyrocket

Featured image The Washington Post reports on what many have recognized for some time as a ticking time bomb: A new analysis of federal student loans reveals the number of people severely behind on repaying their debt has soared in the last year, painting a bleak picture of one of the largest government programs. The Consumer Federation of America released a study Tuesday that found that millions of people had not made »

Can our government measure snow?

Featured image Any government, nor matter how otherwise incompetent, should be able to measure snow. And our current government, which aspires to control so much and which likes to talk about “settled science,” certainly shouldn’t be flummoxed by whatever nuances coming up with an accurate snow measurement might entail. Yet, according to the Washington Post, “it has become apparent. . .through multiple conversations with the weather observers at Reagan National Airport, that »