Washington’s way to fix things? Form a committee.
Debt crisis? Form a committee.
Concerns about towing? Form a committee.
Not enough diversity in the communications industry? You guessed it: form a committee.
Fox News has a great story up on its website about this. Here’s the most important paragraph:
According to government statistics, there were 74,346 committee members last year, up from about 52,000 a decade ago. Some work on these committees on a volunteer basis; for those who don’t, the cost of paying them topped $47 million last year. Separate from that, the largest single cost — at $180 million, up from $100 million a decade ago — comes from funding the staff who do the grunt work. Another big factor is travel and related expenses, which amounted to $72 million last year.