It's draped in bureaucracy and it's boring, but Mulvaney and Trump's plan would gut programs millions of poor people rely on.
The new administration in the U.S. is challenging the autonomy of the civil service by limiting its role in policy creation
Americans should follow the British in reconsidering the wisdom of living under a centralized Leviathan in a distant capital, that is, Washington.
I was born in England, but since 1973 was happier to think of myself as European. Today, with the UK choosing to leave the European Union, I feel diminished, a member of a small, belligerent island nation more than half full of bitter, cowardly people.
Our American character almost demands such a department. Happiness is even enshrined in the Declaration of Independence which entitles us to the pursuit of it. Clearly, the founders thought happiness was a big deal; on the same level as life and liberty.
Last Thursday, the California Department of Public Health approved the first ever needle exchange in Orange County. Orange County has long opposed needle exchanges, despite decades of evidence demonstrating that these programs save lives and prevent the spread of infectious disease.
The score of recent decisions from Washington, D.C., certainly offered millions of Americans much to celebrate this 4th of July. But amidst the flurry of breaking news, one announcement that you may have missed has the potential to transform our relationship with local government, not to mention reduce migraines.
If bureaucracies could engage in transformation, unnecessary waste could be dealt with and overall expenses would be reduced. But over time as the infrastructure grows and the rules get more rigid, it is much easier to go along with everything than to try changing it.
Small organizations and startups proudly tout their size, they boast about how they're more nimble, and they decry the evils of their large, monolithic counterparts.
When your team grows beyond 30 people, hierarchy is your friend. But at any and every stage, bureaucracy is your enemy.
Sure, we need people to handle the details and make sure the workflow process works smoothly. The problem emerges when they become interested in the process for its own sake, rather than as a productivity tool.