“Eliminating waste and controlling government spending is best accomplished by reducing the size and scope of government,” Heritage Foundation economist Romina Boccia argues in a new report.
The federal government does too many things that would be done better by individuals and organizations in the private sector, or by state and local governments, or that should not be done at all. A smaller, more limited federal government would focus on providing essential public services, legal services, and a basic social safety net, and would otherwise leave individuals free to determine their own affairs to the maximum extent possible in the defense of liberty.
Congress should take the following six steps to reduce the size and scope of the federal government, Boccia writes:
- Refocus entitlement programs and end government provision where feasible
- Reform welfare programs
- End corporate welfare
- Eliminate waste, duplication, and inappropriate federal spending
- Enact and enforce firm spending caps
- Uphold the earmark ban
Do you agree with Boccia that we should reduce the size and scope of the federal government? How would you accomplish this? Tell us in the comments.