Gongol.com Archives: November 2008
Brian Gongol

November 26, 2008

The United States of America If you were designing government today, is this how you'd build it?

Bullet point A President without a BlackBerry or an e-mail address

Bullet point Patronage jobs numbering in the thousands (see the Plum Book for a listing of jobs)

Bullet point Inflexibility going in or out of government, unless you work in the sphere (think tanks, campaigns, staff, etc.)

Bullet point Constant media feedback, but little or none of it constructive

Bullet point Institutional bias against innovation and "outsider" ideas

Bullet point Unresponsiveness to local flavors and customs, with most policies imposed on 300 million people as though they enjoy a monolithic roster of habits and preferences

Bullet point Zero short-term accountability for long-term debts

If there were any more possible ways to ensure that government would be incapable of dealing with today's problems, it seems hard to imagine. The solution isn't about turning the White House into a Facebook Presidency, but about thinking through what we really put in and what we really get out of the institution that captures a third of our national economy.

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