What the Federal Government Does
baselinescenario.com — There’s a strong case to be made that hurricane research is one area where a small amount of taxpayer spending has had huge public benefits. It is highly likely that more accurate forecasts have saved tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in unnecessary evacuations for each large hurricane. What do Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan think about taxpayer-funded hurricane research? We don’t know what Mitt Romney thinks because we don’t know what he thinks about anything. But we know what Paul Ryan thinks about it because the House tried to cut Hurricane Hunter funding by 40 percent in 2011. The bigger issue is that Romney-Ryan calls to cut government spending run into the problem that most government spending is on things that most people like, such as disaster forecasting and prevention.