The government is using negative interest rates to get free money. In the short run, I guess it's keeping down the cost of the huge Federal debt we've built up. But in the long run, it's just enabling government to keep overspending.
State Auditor David Vaudt is leaving office to oversee a national government-accounting board. It's a real loss for Iowa. I think of Vaudt as a "good government" Republican, which is exactly the model I think the party should be following more often.