Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I don't think I could respond to this, because its just a terrible question. Do I have enough information about government spending according to my value of 'waste' to nail down to the penny the waste of every tax dollar? No, maybe never.
My response to how much spent by every private business is waste, is little to none. The fact that a business most likely operating on the margin simply exists implies that they understand well enough what is waste and what is not. And for non-profits, well, waste in terms of what? They take money rather than make money, and thats exactly the point. If NPR was a for-profit business it might be Newscorp's latest acquisition.
I think this is a loaded and generally pointless question that offers no real value or information. It plays to existing ideologies without asking the question that matters: what is waste?
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