Our political discourse of late has made much about how much our government is spending and how to reduce that number. The problem with this thinking is that it focuses on the wrong thing. Spending is simply a symptom, a function of what the real issue is. That issue is policy. The first question in a policy debate should not be how much a given policy initiative costs or saves. It should be what the goal of the policy is. Once the goal is defined, then the fiscal considerations can be taken into account. Bad policy on the cheap is still bad policy. Bad policy that is expensive is still bad policy. Good policy on the cheap can become bad policy. Good policy, properly funded pays for itself one way or another.
Think about it.