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A Heuristic for Getting Rid of Stuff
If I didn’t already own this, would I buy it at a garage sale?
Fraud, Waste and Abuse
Any discussion of runaway government spending is likely to conclude with a bromide calling on elected officials to crack down on fraud, waste and abuse.
The unfortunate reality is that one person’s fraud, waste or abuse is typically another person’s livelihood. That person is often unlikely to see the way that they make a living as fraudulent, wasteful or abusive.
Thus even transparently bad ideas like Medicare Advantage become fixtures of our system, because eliminating them would cost a small number of people a great deal of money, while perpetuating them merely costs a large number of people a small amount of money.
That diffusion of responsibility means that those types of programs are likely to be the rule, not the exception.