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Unemployed Journalist Corps

04/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

We have growing numbers of unemployed journalists.

We have zillions of dollars being spent by the federal government, a recipe for mismanagement.

How about we employ some of these out of work journalists to evaluate and monitor the programs to improve their quality?

Sergeant Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps, hired a young man named Charlie Peters to be his head of evaluation. Peters then hired journalists to give honest assessments of the Peace Corps programs -- getting Shriver the bad news before they could become public, so the problems could be fixed. (Peters later went on to found The Washington Monthly, where I was once an editor).

Would need a better name than Unemployed Journalist Corps. Misanthropic Reporters Corps? Ink Stained Wretches for America?