2013 May 25 Saturday
Jonathan Turley: Administrative State 4th Branch of Government

Administrators rule us.

The growing dominance of the federal government over the states has obscured more fundamental changes within the federal government itself: It is not just bigger, it is dangerously off kilter. Our carefully constructed system of checks and balances is being negated by the rise of a fourth branch, an administrative state of sprawling departments and agencies that govern with increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency.

This has been driven home by the IRS versus Tea Party flap. Though it seems unlikely that low level employees in the Cincinnati IRS office acted autonomously. The bigger problem is that the people who work for the government lean strongly Left and so they are going to be more responsive to the wishes of left wing governments. They'll try to do what they think their masters want.

One of the problems with immigration is that it makes the ratios between elected officials and the governed higher and higher. The power of each individual to have any influence on government accordingly declines. We are getting farther and father away from the New England town meetings where individual citizens had some say.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 May 25 08:54 PM 


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