The estimate that the cost of government regulations now exceed half of the annual budget for the first time fails to take into account the cost in freedoms lost in the regulatory state.
Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) is right: The only way to fix the "Obama phone" subsidy is to end it altogether. Then the other problems associated with the subsidy — corruption, crony capitalism, waste, and so on — become irrelevant.
The old food stamp program now called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is growing so quickly and costing so much that nibbling around the edges of it with bills such as those presented by Senator John Thune and Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) will have negligible effect.