Our Lumbering Beast of a Government

Slow burn from Vanity Fair offers side-by-side comparison of our current government with much simpler times such as when Washington, FDR, and Clinton were in office.

On the eve of World War II, F.D.R. had six high-level aides who carried the title “administrative assistant to the president.” Harry Truman, after the war, had 12 of them: they met every morning in a semicircle around his desk. There are now upwards of 100 people who have some variation on “assistant to the president” in their titles. The sheer number of things the executive branch is responsible for just keeps expanding; the time available to think about any one of them therefore keeps shrinking.

The frustration conveyed by this article is palpable.

The neural network of money, politics, bureaucracy, and values becomes so tautly interconnected that no individual part can be touched or fixed without affecting the whole organism, which reacts defensively.

Read on.

[Todd Purdum @ Vanity Fair via The Browser]

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August 24, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Reading.

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