Skip to comments.Memo to AOC: Only You Can Save the Government (Haha Alert)
Posted on 06/29/2021 11:57:37 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
TO: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
FROM: Donald F. Kettl and Paul Glastris
DATE: July 1, 2021
RE: Only You Can Save the Federal Government
It may seem audacious, even patronizing, for two moderate-ish Baby Boomers like us to be offering advice to you, the most influential leader of the Millennial left. But we come in peace, with a message we urge you to consider because, as Princess Leia said to Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope.
You and other progressive leaders have bold ideas for how government can help people and save the planet. The Green New Deal. Medicare for All. Free college. A massive investment in public housing. We aren’t in full agreement with that agenda, but that’s not our point. Our point is that to achieve your goals, you’re going to need a federal government as robust as your ideas. And right now, you don’t have it.
Instead, the government agencies you’ll need to carry out your policies are a disaster waiting to happen. Like the infrastructure you and others rightly say needs rebuilding, our federal bureaucracies are a patched-together mess that can barely handle the weight of the burdens already placed on them.
This is not your generation’s fault. It’s ours (though in fairness the two of us have long been sounding the alarm). For decades, leaders in Washington, led by conservatives but with acquiescence from liberals, have adopted an anti–civil servant mentality that has frozen the ranks of government workers while vastly expanding the role of private contractors. As a result, federal agencies have sunk deeper and deeper into dysfunction.
Someone needs to challenge that broken political mind-set. No one has a better track record of changing such political paradigms than you. This memo is our attempt to convince you to make rebuilding the federal bureaucracy one of your core issues—and, by extension, central to the agenda of the progressive left.
If you do, you’ll be able to highlight yet another sector of contemporary capitalism that is predatory and out of control: federal contracting. You’ll also create an opportunity to expand America’s unionized workforce by hiring hundreds of thousands of civil servants—jobs that by all rights should go to your generation of young Americans. And you’ll provide political space for Joe Biden to make needed reforms that can advance policies you and he agree on.
But if you don’t, your policy vision for a better America will be deeply threatened, and possibly even doomed.
I was browsing one of my magazine sites to see what the latest issues coming out were and came across this gem. Aside from a good laugh it should scare the crap out of you to know that there are people who think like this out there, they have a voice now and they're deadly serious. It's not a parody magazine.
BTW I also posted an excerpt even though it isn't on the excerpt list. It was just too long and stupid to waste bandwidth on the entire article but you can read it if you're interested by clicking on the link.
The Washington Monthly once was an interesting to read magazine. What the hell happened to it to the point that they could publish this amateurish Marxist bullshit?
I was a government contractor for nearly 3 decades and my group helped to save the US taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in environmental clean up costs by helping to win “liability cases”.
We also taught govt attorneys how to do archival/records research and management, how to “think outside the box” re legal case research, how to work closer with other federal agencies/the military re legal research and records preservation, and how to properly utilize the varied talents of contractors (who are often specialists in more areas than the present work required).
I worked with one of the highest rated government agencies/Division in the country and it was an effective organization because everyone worked with one another to accomplish their goals. There were literally no prima donnas, just hard-working, skilled people working together for the good of the country.
The two authors of this article sound like “soyboys on Steroids”, “closet clowns”, and “crybabies of the Millenial era”.
Being cry-babies, stupids, and Marxists in no way to go through life, guys. You’ve had your 15 seconds of stupidity so you can get back in the closet for the next 6 years, with Donald Trump renting room in your mushed-brained heads, 24/7 forever.
To FR poster Oshkalaboomboom. Are you sure this isn’t a farcical copy of the Washington Monthly put out by the Babylon Bee guys? The cover’s titles sure sound like it.
“The Administrative State “
“Acquiesce from liberals...?”
tip jar stealer waitress saves the government
So orange man with a loud mouth and active Twitter account is bad, but young, far left loudmouth with active Twitter account is good?
Movie quotes. Yeah, that’s a true sign of maturity. They both get an adulting sticker.
Leftist females are a cancer on society. This Cortez broad is the pancreatic type.
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