My "think pieces" usually come to me on the road, but this one landed right in my driveway in the WSJ on Tuesday. A book reviewer named Yuval Levin reviewed a book called Why Government Fails So Often by Peter H. Schuck. Schuck is an emeritus professor at Yale and the review notes that
"To be successful, he argues, a public policy has to get six things right:
He argues the federal government tends to be bad at all these things. I'll add his example as a comment, but mostly I wanted to post these six things here for reference as we example High-cost Rail, Friends with Benefits and some of the other recurring topics.