Bring Back the Bureaucrats
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Description: In Bring Back the Bureaucrats, John J. DiIulio Jr., one of America’s most respected political scientists (who has served under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama), summons the facts and statistics to show us why we need to dramatically increase the federal workforce in order to make the government actually work and why we need to finally deal with the runaway spending that is crippling America’s present and future. Starting from the underreported reality that the size of the federal workforce hasn’t increased from 2.28 million employees since 1960 while the federal budget and U.S. population have ballooned, Bring Back the Bureaucrats details why our government is now “insufficient;” why “outsourcing” the work to the state governments, for-profit corporations, and nonprofit organizations is economically catastrophic; and why both Democrats and Republicans have disingenuously scapegoated federal workers in order to win votes with the electorate back home. Here are just four reasons why we need to Bring Back the Bureaucrats:• There aren’t enough people at the federal level to do the work that’s critical to our democracy. Beyond headline-grabbing debacles like the response to Hurricane Katrina and the launch of Obamacare “health exchanges,” the lack of enough competent, trained people means the government now chokes on chores as distinct as caring for hospitalized veterans, providing summer meals to youth, delivering weapons systems on time, handling plutonium, and approving pesticides.• It is impossible to predictably, reliably, or cost-effectively enforce the laws we’ve made. Without a large enough federal workforce, it’s unattainable to track all aspects of collecting taxes, cleaning up toxic waste sites, or ending improper health care payments.• “Outsourcing” the work in order to avoid adding to the federal headcount is a fiscal nightmare where there is little accountability. For example, the emerging Veterans Affairs scandal demonstrates how throwing more money at a situation didn’t solve the problem of not having enough qualified people available to do the job.• A shadow government has emerged triumphant with the lack of federal bureaucrats. Our current system fosters nonstop government growth as Washington’s proxies—state and local government officials (both elected and appointed), heads of for-profit corporations, and leaders of nonprofit organizations—incessantly advocate for policies, programs, and regulations that they get paid (or might one day get paid) to administer or coadminister.Bring Back the Bureaucrats is further distinguished by the presence of E. J. Dionne Jr. and Charles Murray, two of the most astute voices from the political left and right, who offer their candid responses to DiIulio’s work at the end of the book.
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Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Templeton Press
Publication date: 9/15/2014
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall