Small Gov/Low Taxes
A friend worked for the Navy here in the states. Every year they have to rush around in October to spend all of their money on projects that they don't need to do in order to secure funding for the next year. I'm not talking chump change, this is millions of dollars. Projects like replacing all the lighting on base with LED lights, even though there is a supply of functional CF and Fluorescent bulbs on hand that should be used first.
Or, Seattle and the homeless issue. City officials wanted to impose an arbitrary head tax on 20 of the biggest businesses in Seattle for homeless housing and such. People got pissed and asked to see the books to find out where the other 190 million dollars they get every year went. The idea was quietly thrown out as the council, who has no official oversight, didn't want people to see the waste.
Just a few examples.
Thanks for keeping it civil. And congratulations on almost making thorough the oped without endorsing a candidate.