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Bruce G. Peabody

this loyalty value for a man who built both his presidential campaign (and prior business empire) on family and personal connections. Rob Crilly, Donald Trump Values Loyalty above All Else. That Has Made Him Very Vulnerable , Telegraph, November 24, 2017, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/24/donald-trump-values-loyalty-else-could-undoing/ The other, closely related aspect of the President’s personalization approach is a tendency to entangle policies and people—to treat as fungible the perceived (de)merits, value, and feasibility of different program goals

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James E. Pfander

as taxpayers does not give them a concrete or personal stake in every government decision to spend federal money; the impact of any expenditure on any particular citizen’s tax liability has been regarded as too diffuse to warrant standing. See Frothingham v. Mellon, 262 U.S. 447 (1921) (no standing to challenge federal financial support for state programs to reduce maternal and infant mortality). The Warren Court created an exception to this rule in Flast v . Cohen , recognizing taxpayer standing to challenge the appropriation of federal money to a religious

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Bruce M. Owen

cost-benefit analyses of major government programs. He found that most programs fail to achieve their supporters’ announced objectives. One possible explanation is that government usually is incompetent. Another is that supporters actually sought altogether different objectives than those announced. P ETER H. S CHUCK , W HY G OVERNMENT F AILS S O O FTEN: AND H OW I T C AN D O B ETTER 4-6, 127-28 (2014). In the presence of systemic political corruption, one would expect to find elite interests (and the politicians they support) disguising their true intent