By now, readers of this space are well aware of my skepticism about the efficiency of any program that is government-run. No matter how well-intentioned, they never turn out quite the way they're presented to those charged with initial approval.

Although I'll admit a guilty pleasure in reading investigative articles about how federally purchased items such as screwdrivers and toilet seats often run comfortably into three digits, the longer-range problems as a result of government incompetence are usually far more sobering and far-reaching.

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