Regardless of whether or not you agree that slashing spending, fiscal austerity, balanced budgets, and a low federal deficit are good ideas, the fact remains that the Republican Party does not generally live up to its aims of expense reduction and small government.
As hard as it is to believe, there are still some people who think that Reagan cut the size of government, although Reagan was a big spender and laid the groundwork for the immense national debt we live with today.
(even the Austrian School agrees)
Note: Full historical budget tables, FY 2015
Then there was Ol' Dubya with his two disgraceful wars, TARP bailout, auto bailouts, fiscal stimulus, and tax cuts. Not to mention yanking the election out from under Al Gore's popular win via a leg up from Florida governor brother Jeb.
Turns out, not even gridlock is a decent strategy for preventing escalating expenditures, under the theory that not getting anything done would prevent the government from growing. Apparent...
So, this happened:
Why can't they build a pipe or ledge that extends the water flow past the plunge pool? #dams https://t.co/h8y8rwCiyz pic.twitter.com/cbpKVCPx0Z— jason (@Jason) February 3, 2016
I would like an answer to this from a dam engineer (or a God damn engineer who works on dams) https://t.co/QjenlVW45v #engineering— jason (@Jason) February 4, 2016
And it really warrants reading the original piece -- it's short, probably Medium would say a "4-minute read," if you can spare it by outsourcing some mundane task to a poor person to free it up, of course.
One of Africa’s Biggest Dams Is Falling Apart
Talk about Missing the Goddamn (Dam) Point. In so many ways, not least of all the OUTRIGHT DEMAND that engineers everywhere leap to answer his noble call -- presumably *real* engineers who have experience with this sort of thing, and not this poor African fellow Munyaradzi Munodawafa, the chief executive of the Zambezi River Authority, who clearly doesn't know...