Why are Democrats scared of government reform?
Big government has become the big issue on the campaign trail as Republicans look for ways of tying the sluggish economy to the Democrats, longtime government observer Paul Light writes today at On Leadership.
So why aren't Democrats will to take on government reform? Light lists five reasons:
1.) Democrats don't know how to do it. "It is difficult to assemble, hard to explain, and has that 'my-eyes-glaze-over' quality," he concludes.
2.) The staffs at the two key drafting committees in Congress don't have the expertise to design a comprehensive package.
3.) Democrats are scared of the federal and state employee unions. "Democrats should bring the unions in for a tough conversation about next steps," Light says.
4.) Democrats don't want to take on the lobbyists who exploit the byzantine government hierarchy at will.
5.) Democrats don't want to take on their own committees. "Committees love government failure. It makes for good press, big-ticket campaign coverage, and strings of investigatory hearings," he says. (Very true.)
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