Magazine October 20, 2014, Issue

A Leviathan That Works

Bring Back the Bureaucrats: Why More Federal Workers Will Lead to Better (and Smaller!) Government, by John J. DiIulio Jr. (Templeton, 186 pp., $12.95)

There aren’t enough bureaucrats in Washington. That’s the argument of John J. DiIulio Jr., a political scientist and former Bush-administration official. Before you laugh: President Eisenhower’s federal government spent, in inflation-adjusted dollars, about $600 billion a year, while directly employing around 2 million civilian workers. President Obama’s federal government spends about $3.5 trillion a year, and directly employs . . . around 2 million civilian workers.

DiIulio argues that this is partly the explanation for, and suggests the solution to, the complete dysfunction of American governance. When you combine federal spending with that of state and local governments, the U.S. spends …

Patrick Brennan was a senior communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration and is former opinion editor of National Review Online.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Mind Not the Gap

It is no exaggeration to say that Republican politicians and strategists are obsessed with the gender gap. Unfortunately, they almost never think clearly about it. For decades, American women have been ...
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Forget the Alamo

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When Liberalisms Collide

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Features

Books, Arts & Manners

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A Leviathan That Works

There aren’t enough bureaucrats in Washington. That’s the argument of John J. DiIulio Jr., a political scientist and former Bush-administration official. Before you laugh: President Eisenhower’s federal government spent, in ...
Politics & Policy

Old School

The year is 1993. The big Oscar-season movies are Schindler’s List, which makes a grave Hibernian named Liam Neeson famous, and Philadelphia, in which Denzel Washington tacks another critical success ...

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Letters

Eliot Comes Home Thanks so much for that eloquent and thoughtful essay by Kevin D. Williamson on T. S. Eliot and his attachment to his hometown of St. Louis (“Looking for ...
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The Week

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Athwart

Java Jive

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The Long View

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