April 27, 2011

HAS THE PRESIDENCY gotten too big? Or is this just another manifestation of the ungovernable America meme?

UPDATE: Kyle Wingfield emails in reply:

In response to your question: The distinction I’d draw is that progressives said America was “ungovernable” because they didn’t like the rules, institutions, etc. that prevented them from expanding the federal government as they wished to do (e.g., the Senate’s filibuster rule). What I’m saying is that they’ve already built it too big, and that what we need is a more limited federal government for the president to preside over.

Well, that’s the sort of second-order knowledge problem that I’ve discussed in the past: A government so big you can’t even understand how it works, much less how it affects the rest of the world.