And an excellent reply.
“Failure in the execution of appropriations with regards to high dollar acquisition programs are a prime source of distrust and its frankly well deserved.”
In your view, is that mistrust driven by expectations that frugality will not be pursued with the same rigor when dollar-values are high? (i.e., if the budget is big enough then it doesn’t matter if I’m off by a few million here and there) that the risk of malfeasance and misappropriation increases? that “big” bureaucracies are simply the wrong place to send big cheques to because too much goes to administration? that big budgets create too many degrees of freedom for the expenditures to end up diverging from the policy objectives? all of the above? none of the above?