Jonah Goldberg at the NRO plugs a couple of columns on the G.M. bankruptcy here (by David Brooks and someone named Paul Ingrassia).
And in doing so, he tells us the following…
Read either of them and then ask yourself whether the bureaucracy at GM could be even half as bad as most of the bureaucracies in the federal government, which have never — ever — been subjected to real competition and all that entails.
So much stupid, so little time…
I’ll assume that by “competition,” Goldberg means privatization of government under prior presidential administrations.
And under former President Clinton, this tells us that he reduced the federal work force by approximately 230,000, saved $118 billion, and eliminated 16,000 pages of government regulations.
His successor, on the other hand, federalized K-12 education in this country under No Child Left Behind; concocted a Medicare prescription drug benefit that rewarded his benefactors in the health care biz at the expense of seniors; and, ultimately, added $345 billion to the budget in his first term and $287 in his second (all of this is noted here – I definitely don’t agree with the orientation of the writer, I should add, but I think he makes some valid points).
To be fair, though, I should note that, according to here, “Under President George W. Bush, annual spending on contracts rose to $423 billion in 2006 from $208 billion in 2000, according to the Obama budget unveiled this week” (and concerning Iraq, as noted here, the result was predictable).
And by the way, given the sorry financial straits of the newspaper business, it’s beyond hilarious to read BoBo preaching to another industry that it should “heal thyself” while his own suffers from the effects of overly inflated estimates of its assets; an ideological bent in its content that, while pleasing to its owners, is hopelessly out of kilter to its dwindling readership; and a complete and total inability to retool its business model to accommodate the dominance of online readership over its traditional print product (though I’ll admit that the Times has been smarter than most companies in its adjustments, as opposed to the “amateur hour” on display here).