Via theJuly/August issue of Cato Policy Report, three stories that appeared on the same day, in the same newspaper:
Critics in Congress also have questioned Amtrak’s management, asking, for example, how an employee with a $21,000 salary earned $149,000 in over- time last fiscal year.
—Washington Post, May 15, 2011
The federal government’s largest housing construction program for the poor has squandered hundreds of millions of dollars on stalled or abandoned projects and routinely failed to crack down on derelict developers or the local housing agencies that funded them. —Washington Post, May 15, 2011
The main thing learned in the hearings so far is that [D.C. mayor Vincent] Gray showed bad judgment in allowing [three close aides] to guide so much of the hiring for patronage jobs just below the cabinet rank. Although all three advisers were longtime personnel executives, they blundered repeatedly by overpaying people, doing inadequate vetting and hiring children of officials.
—Robert McCartney, Washington Post, May 15, 2011