But even a curmudgeonly libertarian like me also thinks it’s important to have effective and efficient government.
Fortunately, there’s no contradiction between these views. Indeed, academic researchers have found that nations with smaller government also have more efficient government. With Singapore being a very powerful example.
This is why I periodically share data looking at how much governments spend compared to how much they deliver.
Though this can be a depressing exercise because – to cite one example – no government in the world spends more on education than the United States, yet we get very sub-par results.
But what if we compare cities inside the United States on this basis? Are there big differences in how much some local governments spend and the results they get?
The answer is yes, emphatically so.
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