“Members of Congress like to respond to problems and the way that they respond . . . is by creating a program, and . . . there isn't sufficient oversight of the programs that already exist," says Robert Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition.
Bixby is with a group that works to eliminate federal budget deficits, and says this cycle is brought about by political turf wars. . . .
“Nothing got into the federal budget by accident," Bixby stated. "Somebody put it there and the people that put it there or the interest group that put it there are going to fight to keep it there, and probably they’re going to fight harder to keep it there than the rest . . . are going to fight to get rid of it.”