James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley look at big philanthropy's new relationship, an unhappy union bailing out dreams of the public sector.
"[A] significant change has occurred in recent decades in the relationship between government and private philanthropy. During the 1960s, in the heyday of the Great Society, prominent foundations funded new programs on an experimental basis in the hope that the federal government would step in with its vast resources and fund them on a permanent basis.... [F]oundation initiatives were a one-way process designed to expand the role of government and the welfare state.... Now, decades later, as government money begins to run out at all levels, this process is finally coming to an end, albeit with most of these expensive programs still in place. Instead of foundations leveraging government, as they did in the 1960s and 1970s, governments are now looking to private foundations to bail them out." -- James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley, the Weekly Standard