Here Is a Government Program That Absolutely Should Not Exist
The St. Louis Business-Journal has a story about what one government program has recently done. The Business-Journal article is just a news story about the St. Louis development loan program, but it gives a perfect example of a government program that has absolutely no reason to exist and should be eliminated tomorrow. It is nice to be able to get specific once in awhile, rather than just expressing general “cut government” statements, so here I go.
The revolving loan fund of the St. Louis Local Development Corporation serves no need that the private sector cannot meet. It serves no legitimate public purpose, and should be abolished. It should be a market decision whether two restaurateurs can get backing to open more restaurants in St. Louis. Tax dollars have no business being involved in these projects. I am fully aware that this is a loan program, not a gift program, but I don’t care. Even if they get every penny back with interest, the loans serve no legitimate public purpose, the government has no business being involved in things like this, and it still takes tax dollars above and beyond the loan amounts themselves to employ the people who work for the STLDC. The program deserves to be abolished.