The false dawn of the sunset laws
EVERYONE knows at least one government policy, program, or agency that should be terminated. For some, it is food stamps; for others, section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act; for still others, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Many people can produce long lists of inefficient, obsolete, duplicative, and unproductive-if not thoroughly bad programs that are candidates for termination. Consequently, the idea of a “sunset law,” a “bill to provide for the elimination of inactive and overlapping Federal programs,” is bound to attract much support.