State and local governments spend lots of money in efforts to boost tourism to select destinations, but does this make any sense? Writing here, Bob Smith of Wilmington argues that it does not.

He’s right. Government should no more boost tourism, which means subsidizing a few people and businesses and the expense of the rest of us, than it should boost any other sort of enterprise. Reminds one of Bastiat’s saying that the state is the great fiction that everyone can live at the expense of everyone else.