In general, the public Is extremely bad at determining the difference between a useful program that “works” because it benefits them (or someone they know well), and a “wasteful” government boondoggle. Worse, they don’t seem to even realize how bad they are at making the determination.
To quote the guy in this article who voted for Trump after improving his station in life dramatically via federally-funded job retraining…
“I think it’s horrible. I think that maybe there are some things that don’t need to be funded, but don’t cut things that are working like the Appalachian Regional Commission and the work that they’ve done,” Trador said.
Trador knows a lot more than I do about the Appalachian Regional Commission because it’s impacted him directly, and I respect that. Similarly, I have a feeling he knows a lot less about the “things that don’t need to be funded” than some other people who depend on said things. This isn’t rocket science, but it’s apparently beyond a lot of voters.