Want Less Corruption? Shrink Size of Government
Washington is riddled with both legal and illegal corruption because government is too big and has too much power. The federal budget redistributes $3.5 trillion through more than 1,800 subsidy programs. The regulatory burden is $1.2 trillion and there have been 51,000 new regulations since 1995. And there are more than 70,000 pages of tax law and regulations. These are the reasons why Washington is a hornet's nest of deal-making, influence-peddling, and back-scratching.
The Center for Freedom and Prosperity's new video, featuring Cato Institutes's Dan Mitchell, argues that reducing the size and scope of government is the only effective way to control Washington corruption.
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