Reason Magazine Slashes Government Spending in 3D

Oct 01, 2010, 09:43 ET from Reason magazine

3D videos and charts on the nation's debt and 14 specific ways to cut spending, reduce the deficit

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With our growing debt and deficit turning into a nightmare for Americans, Reason magazine and are "Slashing the Government" in 3D. Reason calls the federal budget a "fiscal horror story so terrifying, it can only be told in 3D."

"Are you serious about understanding the problem of ever-expanding government, let alone taking concrete action to slash it before it slashes you? Then keep this issue of Reason in a secure location, bust out the funny-looking glasses, and show it to any friends and loved ones interested in attacking problems that actually matter, rather than ones that make for pointless culture-war clashes in the run-up to an election," writes Reason Editor in Chief Matt Welch. "We're not just trying to scare you with 3D charts about the coming budgepocalypse; we're trying to arm you with very specific proposals for cutting extraneous programs that drag down the economy, butt into American lives, and self-propagate like cancer. There are uplifting tales from past victories, warning shots about future choices, and a whole lot of blood and gore. Our tongue is in our cheek, but only because the stakes are deadly serious."

In the 3D Halloween and November issue of Reason magazine, on newsstands now, Reason staff writers detail "14 ways to dismantle a monstrous government, one program at a time." Peter Suderman outlines how to overhaul Medicaid. Tim Cavanaugh explains how to end defined-benefit pensions for public employees. Jacob Sullum says it's time to admit defeat and stop spending money on the drug war. Katherine Mangu-Ward targets agricultural subsidies and Ronald Bailey makes clear why it is time to close the Department of Energy.

In "It Can Happen Here," economist Arnold Kling details how the U.S. transitioned out of World War II without bringing the economy down; economist Maurice McTigue illustrates how New Zealand's right and left teamed up to implement successful privatization efforts, cut taxes and right-size government agencies; and economist David Henderson looks at how Canada managed to run a budget surplus every year between 1997 and 2008.

Several parts of Reason's 3D issue are available online now:

Matt Welch: The Growth of Government Threatens Freedom

3D Charts on Government Spending, Budget Shortfalls, and Private Sector Pay vs. Government Workers' Pay

3D Videos: Debt, Deficits and Despair

Reason magazine's 3D Cover

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