I claim that they do, because:
- The Corps can neither assess nor rank their projects accurately, due to regional biases
- The Corps lacks the resources to meet all (Congressional) demands*
- The Corps has strayed from providing public goods to providing private goods
Bottom Line: Times have changed and the Corps must change with them.
* I was somewhat pleased when Steve Stockton (Head of civil engineering, USACE) answered my question ("should the Corps outsource some of its overload?") in the affirmative [3 min MP3]. I'd love to get involved in this process, probably by setting up a "market" for allocating Corps' resources among the many claimants. Such a truth-revealing mechanism would go a long way towards reducing the games and manipulation that has paralyzed the Corps for the past decade (if not longer).