Old programs never die

It is a libertarian commonplace that government programs, once created, live forever--whether or not they do a good job at their assigned task, and indeed, even if the need for their assigned task disappears. I see that Belgium is providing a texbook example:

THANKS TO Alain Destexhe, a Belgian senator (and that rarest/loneliest of beings, a Belgian free market liberal), for today's fact of the day. Mr Destexhe reports on his blog that the Belgian central bank still employs more than 2,000 people, even though it has not had a currency to oversee since 1999, when Belgium joined the euro.