James Taranto makes a good point: if the cause of the lousy management we’ve had for the lasty decade or so at the federal level is structural problems in the federal government, viewing the federal government as the primary vehicle for effecting change smacks of Maslow’s Hammer:
If Klein is right to find fault with the structure of the federal government, then the federal government in its current form cannot be “the primary answer to the nation’s ills.” Fundamental restructuring of the federal government is another necessary condition for progressivism’s success.
To agree that these are necessary conditions is not to establish that they would be sufficient ones. But that’s an abstract point. If progressivism cannot succeed absent these two exceedingly unlikely contingencies, it is as well to say it cannot succeed. The problem is ideology, not just competence.
I think our problems are more complicated than that. Recent presidents haven’t been recruited from among army generals or successful private sector managers. They’ve been bureaucrats, apparatchiks, and career politicians without meaningful managerial experience. For more effective government we’d need to change the structure of the federal government, our political system, and just about everything else about our society. That’s so high a price I can’t imagine it happening.
So expect more incompetence and expect it good and hard.