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Most Americans think that the federal government is incompetent and wasteful. Their negative view is not surprising given the steady stream of scandals emanating from Washington. Scholarly studies support the idea that many federal activities are misguided and harmful. A recent book on federal performance by Yale University law professor Peter Schuck concluded that failure is “endemic.” What causes all the failures?

First, federal policies rely on top-down planning and coercion. That tends to create winners and losers, which is unlike the mutually beneficial relationships of markets. It also means that federal policies are based on guesswork because there is no price system to guide decision making. A further problem is that failed policies are not weeded out because they are funded by taxes, which are compulsory and not contingent on performance.

Second, the government lacks knowledge about our complex society. That ignorance is behind many unintended and harmful side effects of federal policies. While markets gather knowledge from the bottom up and are rooted in individual preferences, the government’s actions destroy knowledge and squelch diversity.

Third, legislators often act counter to the general public interest . . .




Casey Lucius, Republican nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, District 20, CaliforniaCasey Lucius Flag

Is it possible for Republicans to win in California? Casey Lucius says, “Yes, absolutely,” particularly in its 20th Congressional District where she is running for an open seat. The district, she says, is over-burdened with federal and state regulations that have hampered job creation and kept unemployment numbers “at twice the national average” by damaging the two major industries: agriculture and tourism.

Born in Ohio, Casey has an impressive resume. She has a bachelor’s in political science as an Ashbrook Scholar at Ashland University, a master’s in national security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hawaii. She served seven years as a U.S. Navy intelligence officer. She has taught national security studies at the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. Marine Command and Staff College, and as adjunct faculty at Hanoi University, where she was also the operations assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam.


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