In 2009, Hilary Clinton publicly called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek her friend.
Warren Brookes Fellow Kathryn Ciano notes that American leaders' attitude towards Mubarek exemplifies a general political tendency to side with stability over unknown alternatives---even if the alternatives are pro-freedom.
"What makes a government work is people’s faith that it will work. If people believe their government to be untrustworthy they will seek extralegal remedies and self-help. Faith in government keeps the system ticking even when the government misbehaves. [...] Politics is a country club. The purpose of an energetic public — and particularly of a strong fourth estate — is to keep the country club as small and as responsive as possible.
If Congress is going to rein in spending, regulatory agencies need to be put on a tight budget.
"The obstacle has been debates over the type of accounting to measure a regulation’s cost to the economy. Fortunately, over the last decade, the business world has contributed a promising answer to that question with a technique called life-cycle budgeting. Under this process, also referred to as whole-life costing or total cost of ownership, the full “life-cycle” cost of any expenditure must be calculated before it is spent. As journalist Kevin Mooney has noted, state governments have also had some success in using life-cycle budgeting to keep infrastructure costs down."
In the last CEI Podcast, Policy Analyst Marc Scribner takes a look at an eminent domain bill passed by the Texas State Senate.