The Bureaucracy “Man creates problems. Government and bureaucrats magnify them 100 times.” —George Van Valkenburg
Farnsworth’s Charge “…each man felt, as he tightened his saber belt, that he was summoned to ride to death.” Brigadier General Elon J. Farnsworth
Gettysburg July 3,1863 5:27 PM Lt. Perley C.J. Cheney 1st Vermont Cavalry
$15 per month… The equivalent of about $350 today. 1908
Types of Bureaucratic Agencies • Cabinet departments • Regulatory commissions • Government corporations • Independent executive agencies • Foundations
Problems of Public Administration • Democratic participation • Constitutional limitation
Bureaucratic Pathologies • New Hampshire’s dirt-eating children • Mother Theresa’s quest to build a homeless shelter in New York City • 9/11 loans administered through the Small Business Administration (SBA) • Unused mobile homes following Hurricane Katrina
Bush Campaign Ad on Gore’s Prescription Drug Plan Do bureaucrats deserve our wrath? As Lynch points out, they are not all “indifferent paper pushers.” They are police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers, and engineers.
Fixing Bureaucracy Under the Clinton Administration in the 1990s, The National Partnership for Reinventing Government sought to make government “work better” and “cost less” for its customers, the American people.