"Government simply cannot provide monopoly power and at the same time say that it will pay a price set in the private market by those companies," said Steuerle. "Turning the power of the purse over to monopolists is absurd."
He writes: "In recent decades, both parties have conspired to create and expand a series of public programs that automatically grow so fast that they claim every dollar of additional tax revenue that the government generates each year. ... Unlike reaching the moon, rejuvenating the economy, winning a war, or curing a disease, none of these permanent programs are designed to achieve goals or solve problems once and for all. Almost all of them simply maintain, and often perpetually increase, subsidies for some pattern of consumption — overpriced health care, more years in retirement, or bigger McMansions."