A Future Congress should:
- keep the promises made by the Republican Party in 1996
- eliminate the Cabinet-level Departments of Education, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Labor, and Veterans Affairs;
- close down major independent agencies such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Small Business Administration, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Legal Services Corporation, and the Appalachian Regional Commission; and
- terminate obscure independent agencies like the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Japan–United States Friendship Commission, the Marine Mammal Commission, America’s Education Goals Panel, the State Justice Institute, and the United States Institute of Peace.
- abolish all remaining bureaucracies
Coming out of the Convention Hall, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government the delegates had hammered out for America. He is said to have replied, "A Republic, madam, if you can keep it."
We have not kept it.
We have replaced a Constitutional Republic with "the Administrative State," a form of government which Madison, as he wrote in The Federalist, would have called “the very essence of tyranny.”* The size of government is as unconstitutional as it is incomprehensible.
These agencies do not manufacture goods which consumers would buy. With few exceptions, they do not provide services which consumers would pay for voluntarily. Those agencies that provide valuable services provide them inefficiently, and privatizing these agencies would increase competition, increase the variety and scope of services, give consumers more options, and provide better services at a lower cost.
Here is a list of many influential federal agencies, departments, boards and commissions. Here is a shorter list. These can be broken down into the following areas:
The Cabinet Departments
Major Independent Agencies
Obscure Independent Agencies
Then there are also "Non-Governmental Agencies"
Kevin Craig believes they should all be abolished.
- Federal bureaucracy thickening, study finds (7/22/04)
- "Despite the president's promise to bring businesslike thinking to the federal government, the Bush administration has overseen, or at the very least permitted, a significant expansion in the both the height and width of the federal hierarchy," said Paul Light, director of the Center for Public Service at Brookings and a professor at New York University. "There have never been more layers at the top of government, nor more occupants at each layer."
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E. Corwin, Constitutional Revolution, Ltd., 13 (1941).
Has the Constitution Been Suspended? -- The Rise of the "Administrative State"
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