Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This week in Congress: Will the Government Shut Down?


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H.R. 534 -- Expresses the "sense of Congress" that the US should rejoin the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) to promote public diplomacy, global branding, and tourism to the United States. The point of this is so the US can host a "World Expo." There is nothing in the text of the bill expressing the sense of Congress as to how to pay the costs of rejoining this BIE.

The bill does say that rejoining the BIE will promote "economic growth." This is the latest example of the "that which is not seen fallacy." Everyone sees the jobs and business created by the BIE, but no one sees the jobs and business that would have been created had the resources spent by the BIE been left in the private sector. ...

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